Beverages, Desserts

Lemon granita

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A little sweet, a little tart - oh so cool.
A little sweet, a little tart – oh so cool.

It’s hot! It’s summer! Happy Canada Day! Today is July 1st and so begins our week of summer festivities in my family as we celebrate both Canada Day and Independence Day. Boost your summer celebrations and beat the heat with this sweet and tart cool slushy treat. I love lemon granitas! I can’t get enough of them. They are refreshing, cool and quite easy to make. I first learned about lemon granitas while living in Southern Italy. Many cafes there serve up not only coffee, but delicious cool treats like this.

In Amalfi with family, enjoying a granita.
In Amalfi with family, enjoying a granita.

If you like lemons, you’ll really enjoy them. You can serve it as a dessert or just as a slushy drink. This will be our dessert this evening. My daughter gives it two thumbs up!

This recipe for granita al limone, is from Lidia Bastianich. Recipes for granitas vary a little, but I did not mess with this one. I think an Italian grandmother knows what she’s doing! And they are the best teachers. It’s perfect – a little sweet and a little tart – cool and refreshing. Just like on the Amalfi Coast.

Ingredients

4 cups water
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 large lemons or 4 small to medium sized)

Method

The first step is to dissolve the sugar in the water. You can do this on the stove top in a saucepan or boil the water in a kettle and add it and the sugar to a heat proof bowl. Stir and dissolve. Then stir in the lemon juice and let it cool slightly. You can either pour it into individual serving cups (plastic or paper) and freeze. Or pour it into a large ceramic baking dish, set it in the freezer and with a fork scrape the mixture every half hour or so as it solidifies.

Scrape down the bowl every 30 minutes or so.
Scrape down the bowl every 30 minutes or so.

When it solidifies into loose icy crystals, it’s ready to serve. Spoon into a decorative glass. It took me approximately 2 – 2.5 hours for it to crystallize. Enjoy!

Lemon granita

Cool and refreshing. Sweet, yet tart. Coof off with a lemon granita this summer.

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  1. The first step is to dissolve the sugar in the water. You can do this on the stove top in a saucepan or boil the water in a kettle and add it and the sugar to a heat proof bowl. Stir and dissolve. Then stir in the lemon juice and let it cool slightly. You can either pour it into individual serving cups (plastic or paper) and freeze. Or pour it into a large ceramic baking dish, set it in the freezer and with a fork scrape the mixture every half hour or so as it solidifies. When it solidifies into loose icy crystals, it’s ready to serve. Spoon into a decorative glass. It took me approximately 2 – 2.5 hours for it to crystallize.

 

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