Friday, July 22, 2011
When my little sister was in high school she worked at a gourmet gelato shop. They sold the most divine gelato, and it was there that I first discovered the amazing combination of fruit and wine in iced dessert form. While my sister to this day still won't eat gelato from over-dosing on it that summer back in high school, I still crave the delicious icy treats they sold at the shop. Since we are currently in the midst of a wicked heat wave (yesterday it felt like 114°F here), I thought I'd give you all a cold, delicious treat to make this weekend. This granita is easy, and of course requires no ice cream maker, though it does require a little bit of patience (4 hours worth) while it freezes up. The wait is worth it though, I promise! Delicious strawberries combined with Rosé wine definitely equals happiness in frozen form.
Strawberry Rosé Granita
2 cups Rosé wine (any kind will work)
3 cups chopped strawberries
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Pour the wine into a heavy-bottomed pot. Heat the wine over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the wine reduces by half. This took about 10-15 minutes. Cool the reduced wine in the refrigerator.
In a food processor, purée the strawberries and lemon juice. Mix in the chilled reduced wine and the sugar and stir well. Pour the mixture into a 9x13 inch glass baking dish and put it in the freezer. Stir the mixture every 45 minutes with a fork or whisk to break up the ice. Continue this for about 4 hours.