Granita is real deal Italian ice. It’s Italy’s version of shaved ice but oh-so-much better. The Italians have a way of perfecting the food ideas of others. This refreshing treat is always made with all-natural ingredients, including real fruit, sugar, and water. Novel idea, isn’t it? Yep, you won’t be squirting dyed ice soaked in sugar in this recipe.
When in Italy, I indulge in the country’s version of an Arnold Palmer; it is iced tea with a scoop or two of lemon granita. Many of my espresso-loving friends turn to coffee granita. Other flavors, such as fragola (strawberry), tend to please the kids. Although this is a Sicilian-born treat, you can find granita all over Italy. What’s best about it is that you can easily recreate granita at home.
I, for one, have made strawberry granita numerous times. I have used many different recipes. Most recently, I turned to All Recipes for this Fresh Strawberry Granita Recipe. If you click on the recipe, you will notice that it includes balsamic vinegar. I opted to include the it because I had made a strawberry basil balsamic ice cream that was a big hit. I highly recommend pairing the two ingredients in your desserts. It sounds crazy, but it’s crazy good! I promise. The rest of the recipe is super easy and requires more patience than skill.
The key to getting granita to the perfect consistency is forking it. Sounds dirty, doesn’t it? It’s not. It just means you should set a timer and run a fork around the edge of your granita (which is in the freezer) and at its center every 20 minutes or so (or as the recipe suggests). It takes some attention to detail, but the recipe is otherwise simple as pie (or, I guess, simple as granita).
When all is said and done, your family will think of you as a kitchen genius. Those ice pops in colors never found in nature will remain in the back of your freezer, to which I say, “Amen!” A little known secret to anyone but us moms – those ice pops in neon blue and green and red result in electric green poop coming out of our toddler’s bottoms like slime. Just take my word for it. I know from what I say.