What You Need

4 c. Mixed berries (i.e. strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

2 c. Sugar

1 c. Water

1/2 c. Packed mint leaves

  Serves:  4 to 6 

  Prep. Time:  20 minutes

  Cook Time: ​ 4 to 6 hours                                  (freezing)

  Difficulty: ​ Easy

Granita is a traditional Italian dessert, also known as Italian ice, which comes in a wide array of flavors, including fruit and coffee varieties.  The common factor is consistency – granitas are tiny crystals formed by stirring or agitating the mixture as it freezes.  Feel free to customize this recipe with any fruit you like and to make your syrup more or less sweet, based on your personal preference.

Mixed Berry Granita

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What You Do

1.  Combine sugar and water and bring to a gentle boil, stirring frequently until sugar dissolves.  Remove from the heat, add mint leaves and set aside to cool.

2.  Remove stems from berries and rinse under cool water.  In a food processor, puree the mixed berries until smooth.

3.  Remove the mint from the syrup mixture when cool to the touch.  Combine syrup with fruit puree and stir together.  Pour into a shallow dish (glass baking dishes work well).

4.  Transfer to the fridge for about an hour, then to the freezer.  About every 30 minutes, stir the mixture to
create tiny crystals as it freezes.  Repeat until all the way frozen, then transfer to an airtight container
in the freezer until ready to serve.