Total Time
4hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 4 hrs

I discovered this desert when the summer temperatures were nearing 40 C in London. It is adapted from a Delia Smith recipe and I love it because it's virtually no effort to make and so cooling to eat. This version makes a slightly "lumpy" granita, with little bits of strawberries in it, but if you want it ultra smooth, you could push the pureed berries through a nylon sieve, before adding the sugar and lemon juice. Serve in wine glasses for a beautiful, sparkling effect.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Put the strawberries and water in a bowl and then blitz with a hand blender until most of the berries are puréed or use a food processor for a smoother texture.
  2. Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir a few times to combine.
  3. Pour into a sealable container, cover and put in the freezer for two hours.
  4. After two hours, take it out and run a large spoon around the outside, mixing the frozen bits into the unfrozen centre.
  5. Return to the freezer for another hour, give it another mix, and then freeze again for one last hour.
  6. Now you should have a whole box of strawberry"snow crystals".
  7. You can serve it now, or just leave in the freezer for another day.
  8. If you continue to freeze it, remember to leave enough time to let it sit in the fridge for 30-40 minutes before you want to serve the granita, so you don't have a solid mass.

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Wow, what a brilliant (and oh so simple) recipe - it literally takes 5 mins max to make this before you have to freeze it. I used frozen strawberries, put half in a blender along with 2/3rds of the water, then added the remaining strawberries & water. I did use 2T of lemon juice & only 3oz of sugar as the strawberries had a beautiful sweet flavour anyway. I also substituted 75ml of the water with 42 Below vodka. It has been really warm here today, so this was just lovely to eat out on the balcony whilst reading a book. Thanks for such a fantastic recipe.

LilKiwiChicken April 21, 2006

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