Italian ice, known in Italy as granita, is a wonderful summer treat. But you don't have to visit your local gelato shop to enjoy a taste of this refreshing dessert.
You can easily make Italian ice at home. Just as long as you follow these simple guidelines:
How To Make Italian Ice At Home
The good news about homemade granita is that you won't need any special equipment to accomplish the task. Do you have a fork, a pot and a flat metal container? Then you are all set!
Aside from flavor variations, all Italian ice recipes are made in the same fashion. Here are the steps you must follow to make Italian ice at home:
combine equal parts of water and sugar, bring to a boil and allow to cool
add fruit or desired flavorings to the sugar mixture (fruit will have to be pureed)
mix the ingredients together and transfer to a metal baking dish place in the freezer
freeze for at least 4 hours, ensuring you stir the mix with a fork every 30 minutes for the first 3 hours
That last instruction is the vital component in making granita. The gorgeous ice crystals form thanks to the constant stirring as the mixture freezes. Then it is scraped one more time before being served.
Italian Ice Recipe Ideas
Watermelon Italian Ice
Fresh watermelon, rosewater, fresh lemon juice and sugar are the ingredients for this tasty granita recipe.