The 4th of July is this week and already the flag is hung up, the girls’ red, white, and blue outfits are picked out, even my dog has on his patriotic bandana. To say I go a little overboard preparing for upcoming holidays would be an understatement. This year I even decided to ring in America’s birthday with a themed dessert.
Granita is somewhere between a snow cone and an Italian ice. It’s kind of like a sophisticated slushie. I had my first taste when we visited Italy. They are slightly sweet and incredibly refreshing, so I knew they would be the perfect treat on a hot July day. They’re even fancy enough to serve to guests.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 cups of frozen strawberries
2 cups of frozen blueberries
Create a simple syrup by combining 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar. Whisk over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
Blend 2 cups of frozen strawberries with 1/2 cup of simple syrup until smooth. Repeat with 2 cups blueberries and 1/2 cup simple syrup.
Spread strawberry granita into a shallow dish and cover with plastic wrap. Repeat with blueberry granita.
Freeze for one hour or until slushy.
Using a fork, stir then smooth flat.
Re-freeze granita until frozen. Stir every hour for a minimum of 5 hours or overnight.
Flake with a fork and serve with whipped cream.