Raspberry and Pineapple Granita

Raspberry Granita

In my last granita post, I failed to mention one thing: I made it because I didn’t want to feel like I completely and totally failed at making frozen treats without an ice cream maker… namely, the honey-vanilla ice cream that ended up tasting a lot more like gloppy, thick heavy cream and a lot less like sweet, fragrant honey and vanilla.

While I haven’t yet gotten back on the trail in my quest for the perfect homemade ice cream sans another lumbering, noisy kitchen appliance, icy-cold fruit granita has been a pretty darn good stand-in. The last few I’ve made have served as a snack, dessert, and all around awesome way to cool down on a hot summer day, and best of all, granita is incredibly easy to make. Like, seriously easy.

All you need  is some fresh fruit of your choice (usually, about three cups worth), a 13 x 9 pan, a food processor or potato masher, water, sugar, and a fork. Oh, right, and a cute bowl and spoon to savor the fruity, flaky ice crystals once it’s ready.

Raspberry granita has an intense, sweet-tart flavor that makes for the perfect icy treat to have in hand while watching a sunset after dinner. And, pineapple granita, with its distinct tropical flavor, was the most delicious excuse to buy a pineapple that I have yet to come across… Besides rum cocktails. Fresh pineapple makes for a pretty amazing cocktail, too.

Granita has become my favorite summer treat and we make sure to have it on hand at all times. So, if you come over, it’s likely that I’ll force a bowl on you, and it’s likely you’ll ask for seconds. But in the event that you won’t be coming over, you might want to do yourself a favor, go buy some fruit and clear out some freezer space so you can make your own. You ice cream makers can keep your big, noisy machines and heavy cream – I’m sticking with all-natural fresh fruit granita!

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Raspberry and Pineapple Granita

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

Raspberry Granita

1 cup water
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 cups fresh raspberries (about 16 ounces)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Fresh raspberries

Pineapple Granita

1 cup sugar
½ cup water
1 pineapple, chopped

Directions:

Raspberry Granita

Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Chill syrup until cold.

Meanwhile, mash 3 cups raspberries in medium bowl. Stir in lemon juice. Mix in sugar syrup. Pour mixture into 13 x 9-inch nonstick metal baking pan. Freeze until icy around edges, about 45 minutes. Using fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan. Freeze until mixture is frozen, stirring edges into center every 45 minutes, about 3 hours. Using fork, scrape granita into flaky crystals. Cover tightly and freeze.

To serve, scrape granita into bowls and garnish with berries. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep frozen.)

Enjoy!

Pineapple Granita

Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves into a clear liquid, creating simple syrup. Set aside to cool.

Cut the pineapple into chunks, discarding the skin and core. Put some pineapple and some simple syrup in a blender or food processor and puree. Repeat until you've pureed all the pineapple and syrup. Pour into a 13 x 9-inch nonstick metal baking pan and freeze partially, stirring icy outsides to the center every half hour for 3 hours.

Scoop the frozen mixture into a plastic container, or serve in individual dishes.

Enjoy!

Raspberry granita adapted from Epicurious

Pineapple granita adapted from Epicurious

      

11 Responses to “Raspberry and Pineapple Granita”

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    Anonymous — January 9, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    Hi there!
    Thanks for thess recipes – I will have a try to combine the two to make a palate cleanser for dinner party next weekend.
    I want it for inbetween the “chestnut & bacon” soup and the “Chicken parmigiana” main course!! I also want it for an exscuse to use my ickle cute cups!
    Thanks again
    From the UK

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    Pineapple lover — January 10, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Yesterday I started a diet so it’s hard for me to look at this desert :)
    I will treat myself with this when I finish with my dieting

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    Betty — January 10, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    So much easier than an ice cream machine, and lighter too. I love granitas, especially in hot weather. Thanks for sharing these beautiful ones!

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    Onepairtwopear — January 10, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    looks perfect for Summers day! but it’s winter her :( ahh alas! another 4 months before I can try this. thanks – krsta

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    Lauren — January 10, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    Amazing work and perfect pictures, as usual! I’m sure you are as thrilled as I am that our perfect L.A. sunlight is back in action, even if it is mid-July!

    Can’t wait to see what you make next.

    - Lauren, Lauren’s Little Kitchen

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    Annalise — January 10, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    YUM! I’ve been meaning to make granita for a very long time now, but can’t seem to tear myself away from my ice cream machine :) But I think you’ve convinced me!

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    Umm Mymoonah — January 10, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    Wow! Wow! Just can’t take my eyes out of it, this is definitely be a perfect summer treat.

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    Deborah — January 10, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    I could definitely go for some of that right now!!

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    Foodalution — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    My kiddos would love this , I just broke out the ice cream maker this past weekend, but having something dairy free, a bit on the lighter side and a tad more refreshing is always nice to have. I really like the photo display as well – great job.

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    Pam — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Wow… they both look and sound so refreshing and delicious.

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    Monet — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    I am way to intimidated to try making ice cream at home, but this granita looks divine! It would be perfect on a hot, humid day (like today!)

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