Beat the heat with our week-long series on frozen treats! Written by Kristen of Dine and Dish.
I remember it like it was yesterday… my first taste of strawberry granita. The fresh strawberry flavor combined with the sweetness of the sugar had me hooked at first bite.
It was in a little township outside of Pittsburgh, PA, of all places. We were vacationing with my sister-in-law and the temperatures had shot up well past 100 degrees. We had reached the end of a fun-filled day when my sister-in-law introduced us to a little place called Rita’s Ice.
The lines were long but she assured us it was well worth the wait. I devoured a strawberry granita ice treat topped with vanilla custard. I loved it so much I went back the next day and the next and the next. When we returned home from our trip one of the first things I did was look to see if there was a Rita’s near us. Nothing. I was so disappointed…
Desperate for my new found favorite treat, I even went so far as to see what starting a Rita’s franchise in our town would entail. My husband talked me down and promised that it probably wasn’t necessary to go to those kind of measures. I guess he was right.
It never crossed my mind to try to re-create the strawberry granita we tasted at Rita’s in Pittsburgh – until now. Little did I know that such deliciousness could be made in my own kitchen with just a few simple ingredients and my freezer. I can have my strawberry granita in Kansas and I’m a happy girl!
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Granita
- 4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and diced
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup cup water
- 2 Tbsps fresh lemon juice
- Combine diced strawberries and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Toss and let sit for 30 minutes until flavors meld.
- Add strawberry/sugar mixture, water and lemon juice to a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
- Although not necessary, at this point you can pour the mixture through a sieve to remove excess seeds.
- Pour blended mixture into an 8×8 glass baking dish. Cover with foil and freeze for 3 hours.
- Remove from the freezer. Using a fork, scrape strawberry mixture off the edge of the baking dish. Gently combine. Cover and freeze for another 3 hours or overnight.
- When ready to serve, use a fork to gently mix the ice granita mixture. Serve plain or over ice cream or custard.
What is a frozen treat you want to recreate at home?