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Strawberry Granita

June 7, 2011

Strawberry Granita

Strawberry Granita

If there was one thing I could highly suggest to you, it would be to take just one weekend this summer and lay outside on the beach with an umbrella drink.  That’s it.  Just relax.  Soak up the sun.  Enjoy.  Make yourself a strawberry granita and kick up your feet!  If you need a little assistance unwinding feel free to add a shot of vodka to your drink, it will help you loosen up 🙂  These drinks are fabulous.  They are delicious and wonderful for hot summer days!

Ingredients

 5 tablespoons sugar

3/4 cup water

4 cups ripe strawberries, washed and hulled

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon basil leaves, cut into thin strips

To Prepare the Strawberry Granita

1. To make the sugar syrup, combine 3/4 cup water and 4 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

   2. Place half the strawberries in a blender with the sugar syrup, and lime juice. Puree.

   3. Pour mixture into a shallow 8-inch square pan. Freeze 2 to 3 hours, or until almost completely frozen. Scrape granita with a fork to make it flaky. Freeze for another hour and scrape again. When ready to serve, scrape again.

4. About 30 minutes before serving, quarter remaining strawberries lengthwise and transfer to a bowl.  Add remaining tablespoon sugar, pepper, and vinegar; mash slightly with a fork, keeping mixture chunky.  Add basil.

   5. To serve, scrape some granita into four glasses and top with smashed strawberries.

From Whole living

Strawberry Granita

Strawberry Granita

These drinks make for a delightful afternoon treat.  They are a great way to cool down this summer!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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