Making Granita


A granita or water ice is an Italian invention and makes a refreshing finish to a rich meal. Granitas are simple to make as they are only made from sugar, water and a flavouring. To serve 6 you will need 250g (8oz) granulated or caster sugar, 600ml (1 pint) water and 600ml (1 pint) freshly squeezed fruit juice.

To make, dissolve the sugar in the water over a low heat and then increase the heat and boil briskly for 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Stir in the fruit juice, then transfer to a shallow freezerproof container and freeze until almost frozen. Stir through lightly with a fork and return to the freezer. When firm, granular and not too solid, spoon into tall glasses and serve.