The freshly frozen strawberries filling “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom’s freezer just cannot wait to dive into another recipe! This light, refreshing strawberry granita is sure to cool anyone off on a hot summer day! Thanks whatscookingamerica.com!

Fresh Strawberry Granita

Ingredients

1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice, optional
Traditional aged Balsamic Vinegar, optional
Mint leaves, for garnish

Preparation

Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries. Place sliced strawberries in a large bowl. Toss the strawberries with the sugar; let stand for at least one hour at room temperature, or up to four hours. The strawberries will be very juicy. Puree the strawberries and their juices with the water in a blender. Taste and add fresh lemon juice, if desired. At this point, if you want, strain out any seeds.

Pour mixture into a 13×9-inch baking dish. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze approximately 45 minutes or until icy at edge of pan.

Whisk to distribute frozen portions evenly. Cover and freeze again until icy at edge of pan and overall texture is slushy, about 45 minutes.

Whisk to distribute frozen portions evenly. Cover and return to freezer and freeze about 3 hours or until frozen solid. Remove from freezer. Using a fork, scrape granita down length of pan, forming icy flakes. Return to freezer for at least 1 hour. Can be made 1 day ahead. When served, the granita should look like a fluffy pile of dry red crystals.

To serve, scoop flaked granita into tall goblets or parfait glasses. If the granita is too solid you can allow it to sit in the refrigerator for half an hour until you can scrape it with a fork. Garnish with mint leaves, and serve immediately with iced tea spoons.

For an extra-special taste sensation, drizzle the tops (use a dropper) of each serving of Strawberry Granita with aged balsamic vinegar.

*Image found on Restaurant Widow.