Strawberries & Cream Granita

This weekend was Hot, Hot, Hot in the city! I don’t know if you guys were out & about but for me even walking down the street was a task. Although it did help brighten my tan a bit ;). I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before today but my apartment has NO air conditioning. So we went out and purchased two big fans to blow directly on each of us. They sufficed but I was still melting…

I was hungry but I was in serious need of something cold. I had some strawberries and some other ingredients I thought might go pretty well together. Turned out to be a knock out! I scooped us out a cup of this dreamy granita last night, and before I could get back to the table Jared had eaten the whole cup…there I stood w/ clean spoon in hand.

Luckily for Jared there was more waiting for me in the freezer! See if I serve him first again!

Strawberries & Cream Granita
by Lacy DeVeney

Ingredients

1/2 c + 2 T sugar
1 c water
2 c strawberries, diced + 1/3 c small diced
1/3 c 1/3 less fat cream cheese
3 T sweetened condensed milk
pinch of salt
2 pinches chili powder

Preparation

For the simple syrup bring the water & 1/2 c sugar to a slow simmer for about 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Set aside until needed.

Blend 2 c strawberries + the 2 T sugar until berries are pureed.

pre-blended berries

Add cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, salt & chili powder and blend until cream cheese is fully incorporated. Add in simple syrup and blend to combine.

Then pour into an 8×8 inch glass dish & sprinkle the remaining 1/3 c small diced strawberries over the granita mixture. Cover & place in freezer for about 4 hrs.

To serve, use a fork to scrape the granita. Spoon the mixture into chilled bowls.

topped w/ frozen strawberries (a secret fav snack of mine :))

Serve immediately.

yummy! so refreshing!

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11 Responses to “Strawberries & Cream Granita”

  1. July 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    This sounds perfectly refreshing!

  2. July 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Yummy! This looks so delicious!! :)

  3. July 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    I love that it’s strawberries AND cream granita! Lovely pictures…stay cool and hydrated!!

    • Lacy DeVeney
      July 12, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      haha i’m definitely one of those people that sees something in the fridge and is like ehhh that might work with this! that’s how the cream got incorporated. :) and thank you Ann!!

  4. July 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    I can agree with you that it’s been so hot this summer! I’ve been dying waiting for the train! This ice cream looks so cooling, love it.

    • Lacy DeVeney
      July 12, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      Thanks Vicki! I was told it was supposed to rain today but apparently it’s just going to be HOTTER! ughh, all 5 fans in the apt will be pointed on me tonight. :)

  5. July 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Our weather has been hot and humid and usually we are just hot and dry. How do you stand the humidity? You are at least lucky to be surrounded by fabulous restaurant and food. We are in a wasteland, boo hoo.
    The granita looks so cool and refreshing.

    buzzed you

    • Lacy DeVeney
      July 12, 2011 at 9:47 am #

      with no ac i have to have all fans pointed directly at me! lol! and lots of icy treats of course. i need to try your pistachio gelato next!

  6. July 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Refreshing and perfect for a hot day, like today.

  7. July 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    This looks so refreshing and good on a hot summers day. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Lacy DeVeney
      July 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

      Thanks Veronica! So simple too! :)