Cherry Granita

If you’re looking for a refreshing treat for the Holiday weekend, it’s your lucky day.  And if you want it to be simple, easy, and fun to make at the same time, I’ve also got you covered!

But if you want it to be neat, tidy, and mess-free to assemble (jeepers, demanding much?) –- well, I make no promises.  Not to dissuade you from whipping up this delicious dessert, but my hands and white t-shirt are now stained a vivid purple.

Wearing an apron is what I recommend.

Cherry season is finally here … and they’re delicious, plentiful, and ON SALE!

Making a granita is very difficult and confusing as you will see.  Please pay attention as I explain the entire three-step process:

1).  Pit cherries.
2).  Blend pitted cherries.
3).  Freeze blended cherries.


Okay, it’s slightly more involved than that.  But not much.  Let’s make a granita!!

Serves: 4

1 ½ c. pitted cherries (on sale!)
¾ c. simple syrup – find this in the liquor department by the tonic and club soda, or make your own**
1-2 t. fresh lemon juice
Pinch salt

Place pitted cherries and half of the simple syrup in a blender and blend until smooth.  Add in the rest of the simple syrup, the lemon juice, and the salt.  Blend again.  Pour mixture into an 8×8” metal pan and place in the freezer.  Scrape mixture with a fork every 30 minutes until mixture is frozen and resembles shaved ice.  Scoop into dishes and serve!

** Making simple syrup is just how it sounds:  simple.  If it was complicated, it would be called complicated syrup.  But it’s not.  To make it yourself, mix equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring up to a simmer.  Simmer and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.  Cool.  See?  Simple!

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | July 3rd, 2010