If you’re craving a sorbet, but don’t have an ice cream maker, you need to know about granitas. A Sicilian dessert made from frozen fruit, sweetener, and a little liquid, granitas are as refreshing as sorbets – but much less work. And because granitas are made by hand, they have a coarse, flaky texture that is both crunchy and melty at the same time. This recipe features elderberry syrup, so you get an immune boost with your dessert.*
- 4 cups strawberries
- 6 figs (if using dried, reconstitute in a little water first)
- 4 tablespoons Black Elderberry Syrup
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the blended mixture into a 9×13 inch pan
- Freeze for 30-45 minutes, then take the pan out of the freezer and scrape the frozen parts of the granita with a fork, breaking up any chunks.
- Return the pan to the freezer and keep scraping every 30 minutes for 4 hours total. (Scraping takes less than a minute, so this sounds more time-consuming than it actually is.)
- Serve alone or atop Greek yogurt.
Makes 4 bowls of granita