When my girlfriends are coming over for dessert and I’m looking to keep it light and refreshing, I love serving frozen fruit dishes like Strawberry Lemonade granita. It’s a perfect dish for these steamy hot summer evenings and a great way to take advantage of the fabulous seasonal fruits that are readily available. There are many ways to serve a granita, but one of my favorites is a simple combination of strawberries and lemonade. ‘Granita’, it sounds so gourmet, but it’s so incredibly easy to make & with the click of a glass, a martini glass that is, it looks even more sophisticated when serving this simple, but flavorful dish in something fun.
Actually, truth be told, I love keeping granita concoctions all summer long as a dessert alternative in my freezer as a treat for myself even when I’m not sharing it with friends. Strawberry Lemonade Granita also makes a great Sno-Cone trade for my kids!
4 cups fresh, ripe strawberries*
1 cup lemonade
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pour the lemonade into a blender. Add in the fresh strawberries, honey and vanilla extract and blend thoroughly until all of the fruit has blended into a thick liquefied state. Pour the strawberry mixture into an 8’ x 8’ glass baking dish.
After the first hour, scrape the top layer with a fork to loosen the fruit mixtures so that it looks like small ice crystals; like a sno-cone ice. Replace the mixture into the freezer & set the timer for an additional 30 minutes and scrape again. Continue the process until your dessert is fully frozen and the entire dish has been scraped into ice crystals; approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours.
Scoop your granita, just before serving, into a dish. I often use a martini glass for company.
Note: If the strawberries are tart you can add additional honey.
*4 cups of fresh strawberries is measured in this recipe after the strawberries have been washed, hulled and sliced.
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