Strawberry Granita

For the past week, whenever the temperature has been too much to handle and I just have to cool down, I haven’t been grabbing a handheld fan or flipping on the air conditioning. Instead, I’ve been submerging my head in the frigid air of my freezer for a few minutes, and then grabbing a Tupperware full of this incredibly refreshing, icy cold strawberry granita.

Granita is a littie bit Popsicle, a little bit Italian ice, and a whole lotta delicious on a hot summer day. It’s very simple to make, and you can play around with limitless flavors (See here for lemon and grape granita recipes and step-by-step photos). The only gadgets you need are a small food processor, plastic container and metal fork, which is good because I’m sure you, like me, don’t have a lot of extra space in your kitchen for any more lumbering gadgets. I’m talkin’ to you, ice cream maker.

All you need is something to do for two hours, in between scraping the sides of the container full of lush, icy strawberry decadence, and a bowl and spoon at the ready. Or, hey, just eat it from the container… that’s fine, too.

I know you’ll just love this fresh strawberry granita, whether you’re serving it for friends or just sitting outside with a Tupperware in your lap and enjoying it all for yourself. This one will cool you to the core… no handfans or air conditioning necessary.

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Strawberry Granita

Yield: Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

Stir first 3 ingredients in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. Blend 3 cups strawberries in processor until smooth. Add sugar syrup and blend until combined.
Pour mixture into 13 x 9-inch nonstick metal baking pan. Freeze until icy around edges, about 30 minutes. Using fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan. Freeze until mixture is frozen, stirring edges into center every 30 minutes, about 2 hours. Using fork, scrape granita into flaky crystals. Cover tightly and freeze. Scrape granita into bowls. Garnish with berries and serve.
(Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep frozen.)
Enjoy!
Adapted from Epicurious
      

19 Responses to “Strawberry Granita”

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    Monet — June 23, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    What a delightful recipe. I am due to have a picnic in the next few days, and i can only imagine how light and refreshing this would be. Thank you for sharing!

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    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — June 23, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    Monet, This would be great for a picnic if you’re having one at home or a friend’s home, but due to the fact that the granita needs to stay frozen, it might melt if you needed to transport it anywhere. It’s kind of sensitive that way. I hope you give it a try though!

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    Deborah — June 23, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    I am so frustrated that my freezer is so full right now that I can’t even make any frozen treats. I need to get cooking so that I can clear the freezer out!!

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    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — June 23, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

    Deborah, I know how you feel! It was a tight squeeze to get the granita in my freezer with all the meat and frozen veggies, but I made it work!

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    Sasa — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    It’s not quite *that* hot here in Austria that I need to stick my head in the freezer but I do love a good granita ^_^ I’ve made watermelon and coffee granita (not together!) but this one sounds even better, I love strawberries!

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    Friday Delights — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    This is so enticing!!!

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    Chefchuck1 — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    This would be so refreshing! Thank you for sharing :)

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    Hi Sasa! I’ve been trying to think of different flavors since making this one, and watermelon sounds delicious! I’ll have to give that a try. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Betty — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    Ditto on the whole “head in the freezer” thing. It’s been stinkin’ hot! And as hot as it’s been, granita in my freezer would be welcome. I might even have room if I take my head out. :) Another one for my list of things to do tomorrow- Thanks for sharing the recipe and inspiration.

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    Deborah, I know how you feel! It was a tight squeeze to get the granita in my freezer with all the meat and frozen veggies, but I made it work!

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    Patty Hines — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    Okay….. Yummy!!! The only thing your recipe that would take your gorgeous recipe to another level (for me) is a (huge) shot of vodka! I certainly wouldn’t serve that version to the kiddies, but your beautiful granita is something I will most definitely make for my children. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    Deborah, I know how you feel! It was a tight squeeze to get the granita in my freezer with all the meat and frozen veggies, but I made it work!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    Monet, This would be great for a picnic if you’re having one at home or a friend’s home, but due to the fact that the granita needs to stay frozen, it might melt if you needed to transport it anywhere. It’s kind of sensitive that way. I hope you give it a try though!

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    Jessica — January 10, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    This looks fabulous! YUM!

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    Umm Mymoonah — January 10, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    love the colour of your strawberries, looks too good.

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    Memoria — January 10, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    Okay, I’ve seen two granite (plural of “granita”) in fewer than 5 minutes! That’s a sign that I need to make some, too. Your granita looks amazing! I love the color of your strawberries, too.

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    Anonymous — November 2, 2012 @ 3:42 am

    mmmhm healthy(ish) and tasty!! couldnt ask for better

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    Bettsy — November 2, 2012 @ 3:45 am

    yum yum yum!! put into cocktail glasses and added lemonade and voila! mocktails for my daughter and her friends!! keep the good recipes coming ;)

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    Eleanor — April 12, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    Heyyyy Georgia!!
    I’m 13, and I love to cook. So i CONSTANTLY look at your website for cool new things to bake for my friends.
    I moved from England to Uganda, and as you know, its on the Equator, so when I saw the Strawberry Granita recipe pop up on my Iphone, I just HAD to try it! They taste AMAZING!!!
    Thanks for having a great website full of AMAZING things!
    :)

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