Lemon Granita

After a heavy rich stew, or spicy chili this is the perfect refreshing dessert. It's only 3 ingredients, stick in in the freezer and serve whenever you feel the urge for something a bit sweet. Granita is the grown up slushy that is just as delicious when the snow falls as it is when it's the middle of summer.

Lemon Granita

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Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • large  lemons
  • cup  1 ½ cups water
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup  granulated sugar


  • Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from each lemon. With a vegetable peeler remove zest in long pieces. Squeeze juice from the lemons until you have 1/2 cup.
  • In a small heavy saucepan heat 1 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved. Stir in zest and transfer syrup to a bowl, set aside until cool. Discard zest and stir in lemon juice. Taste to see if it’s sweet enough. If you want more sweetness, heat 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup sugar and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Once the sugar mixture is cooled, add a small amount at a time to the lemon juice until it reaches the level of sweetness you like.
  • Pour the lemon mixture in a shallow roasting dish. I find that a 13x9 inch glass dish works the best. You don’t want the mixture to come up more than an inch on the sides, or it will take forever to freeze.
  • Put it the freezer for about 3 hours, depending on the strength of your freezer. Every hour, take it out and scrape it with a fork to loosen up the ice crystals.
  • When the granita is completely frozen, before serving scrape again.
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