Friday, July 24, 2009

Red Berry and Basil Granita


This summer, it's all about berries! I managed to salvage enough of the strawberries I picked to make fresh red berry granita. Granita is an easy way to make a frozen treat in the summertime: all you need is fresh berries, simple syrup and a good freezer! It really has a great intense berry flavor, and you can easily play around with additional flavors to complement the fruit. I love the subtle tones of the basil leaves in this particular recipe I've developed, but it's also delicious with a little sweet balsamic vinegar, or some fresh mint.

I love these recipes that you can make in advance, that can be made with very little ingredients but really showcase the freshness of the produce you use. What has been your favorite dessert recipes this summer?

Red Berry and Basil Granita

Recipe (serves 4)
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of water
2 cups of strawberries
2 cups of raspberries
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
10 basil leaves

In a small saucepan on medium heat, add the sugar and water. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from the heat and let the simple syrup cool.

In a blender, add the fruit, basil, lemon juice and simple syrup. Blend until just smooth. Pour the mixture in a shallow pan, cover with plastic wrap (the plastic wrap should touch the top of the berry mixture to avoid water condensation). After about an hour, scrape the mixture using a fork to form crystals. Make sure to scrape the entire mixture. Scrape again before serving, and garnish with basil leaves. Enjoy!

17 comments:

Justin said...

beautiful photo. and it sounds amazing.

Mary said...

Made with perfectly ripe strawberries this can't help but be delicious. The color in your photo is outstanding.

talkingcookies said...

yum yum yummm !

Angie said...

Love the color and the presentation..nice!

Coco Bean said...

Wow, great photo! We have been on a non stop ice cream making and eating frenzy, I think the fresh mint chocolate chunk is my favourite these days... it may change tomorrow though!

I e-mailed you the other day, let me know if you got it because my e-mail has been acting up these days.

Junglefrog said...

What a gorgeous and mouth watering photo! Love it!

pigpigscorner said...

The colour is amazing and it sounds perfect for Summer! I've yet to make some berry dessert.

Room design studio said...

this is pretty!! Never tried it with basil.. new and modern!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great combination of flavors here. We love to make granitas - they are so much easier than making ice cream.
Sam

the twins said...

that looks so amazing! i love granitas.

Rachel said...

I made something
virtually identical (right down to the picture) last year and it was really good!

Jude said...

I'd be so tempted to throw everything in an ice cream maker and make a sorbet out of it. Too lazy to scrape with a fork :)

Chocolate Shavings said...

Jude: It really doesn't take long to do though, and it's a great option if you don't have an ice cream maker at home!

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Kitchen Butterfly said...

Delicious photography of food. Inspiring

Anonymous said...

I've been wondering what to do with my basil besides making pesto. I'm going to have to try this!

Carole said...

Lovely berry dish. Berries and currants are this week's subject for Food on Friday. Would you be happy to link this in? We are looking to create a fantastic collection of berry dishes. This is the link .

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