Fresh Strawberry Granita

Granita is a frozen mixture of water, sugar and flavorings. It is frequently stirred during the freezing process to produce a fine icy texture.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound strawberries, hulled
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons currant-flavored or plain vodka
  • Additional sliced strawberries and vodka (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine water, sugar and salt in (2-qt.) Saucepan. Cook over low heat 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally; remove from heat. Place strawberries in blender container or food processor. Cover; blend until smooth. Add puréed strawberries, lemon juice and vodka to sugar syrup; mix well. Pour strawberry mixture into Stainless (2-qt.) Mixing Bowl.

  2. Place strawberry mixture in freezer; freeze 2-3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes with Silicone Sauce Whisk until completely frozen and mixture appears finely chopped. Cover; freeze until ready to serve. If desired, serve with additional sliced strawberries and drizzle with additional vodka.

Yield:

  • 4  servings

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 130, Total Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 30 g, Protein 0 g, Sodium 75 mg, Fiber 1 g

 

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

 2 fruit (2 carb)

Cook's Tips:

The syrup is stirred during the freezing process to keep the ice crystals large. Mixing the syrup more often will result in a smoother granita. The vodka that is added to the syrup prevents the granita from freezing as hard, but can be omitted.

Frozen unsweetened strawberries can be substituted for fresh, if desired.

This recipe can be easily doubled and can be stored in the freezer, tightly covered, for up to 3 months.

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