Friday, July 27, 2012

Fresh Strawberry Granita

I can't believe I've had this gem of a recipe in my collection for so long and had never made it.  That all changed today, and I guarantee you this will play heavy in my summer rotation for YEARS to come.  This is so easy, so delicious, so refreshing, and so full of strawberry flavor, it puts every sno-cone you've ever tasted to serious shame.  Make it.  Now.  You'll thank me later. 
Fresh Strawberry Granita
from Bon Appetit Magazine
1 cup hot water
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups sliced hulled strawberries (1 pound whole berries) plus additional berries for garnish

Stir first 3 ingredients in small bowl until sugar dissolves. Blend 3 cups strawberries in processor until smooth. Add sugar syrup and blend until combined.

Pour mixture into 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Freeze until icy around edges, about 25 minutes. Using fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan. Freeze until mixture is frozen, stirring edges into center every 20 to 30 minutes, about 1 1/2 hours. Using fork, scrape granita into flaky crystals. Cover tightly and freeze. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep frozen.) Scrape granita into bowls. Garnish with berries and serve.

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