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sweet cherry granita – everyday food challenge

Hot days. So hot. Several of which, we enjoyed with a broken air conditioner at home. PS&BTW, I’m a rather big wimp when it comes to summer and the blazing hot temps. Greg and I like to keep the abode at a nice chilly temperature. Guests normally wrap in blankets and sweaters while we sport shorts and t-shirts. I think you could hang sides of beef to cure in our living room.

While going back through recipes that I’ve made over the last couple of months, I came across this recipe for Sweet Cherry Granita from Everyday Food magazine. It doesn’t get any easier than four ingredients. One of which is optional. If you aren’t serving it to kids, I wouldn’t pass on the splash of Amaretto just before serving. There’s just something about the perfect combination of cherry and almond flavors. Also, to save time, I used frozen cherries. They’re already pitted and it gets the final product done just a tad faster.

If you’re suffering through the 90 degree heat, chill out with one of these tasty frozen treats.

Sweet Cherry GranitaEveryday Food, June 2011

  • 2 pounds cherries, stemmed and pitted, or 3 bags (12 ounces each) frozen cherries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup Amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur), optional

In a blender, puree cherries, sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish. Freeze 6 hours, scraping with a fork every hour (mixture should be icy and fluffy).

To serve, pour 1 tablespoon of Amaretto into a small bowl or glass. top with a 1/2 cup of granita. Serve immediately.




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