As a kid, growing up in Virginia meant summers spent down by the creek looking for salamanders with my best friend, evenings chasing fireflies around the neighborhood, and the necessity for ice-cold sweet treats to cool us off and keep us going on the hottest of days.
Back then a favorite was the snow cone. Crunchy shards of brightly colored and artificially-flavored ice were a must have while I was baking by the pool in mid-July. As an adult, I discovered granita, a similar idea, but so much better. Granita is a Sicilian treat of shaved ice that can be flavored any way you like. I make mine by blending strawberries and lime juice and adding a pinch of sugar before freezing and scraping. It is so easy! The adult in you will love it – but the kid in you will too!
3 pounds strawberries
2 limes, juice and zest
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar, additional if needed
Add the lime juice, water, and sugar into the strained berry juice. Whisk to combine. Now is the time to taste the mixture. The amount of sugar you need will depend on how sweet your berries were to begin with. If you need to add a little more sugar do so at this time.
Remove the pan from the freezer and using a fork scrape the ice continuously. The mixture will start to warm up. At this point return to the freezer and allow to freeze an hour before scraping again. Repeat this process three times.