How To Make Granita from Any Fruit
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  • 4 cups cubed fruit, such as seedless watermelon, strawberries, or peaches (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 11/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 11/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 11/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Yogurt, for serving (optional)
  • 11 tablespoon finely grated lime zest (from 1 lime)
  • 11/2 teaspoon red pepper flakesBlend the fruit, juice, and sugar. Combine the fruit, lime juice, sugar, and salt in a blender or food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Purée until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • 1 Freeze the purée in a shallow pan for 30 minutes. Pour the purée into a 9x13-inch metal pan. The purée should be about 1/2 inch deep, although it's OK if the purée is deeper; it will just take longer to freeze. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  • 1 Scrape the granita with a fork and freeze again. Take the pan out of the freezer. The purée should have begun to freeze, especially around the edges and top. Scrape the mixture with a fork and return to the freezer. Repeat this process every 30 minutes for a total of 4 hours. The granita is done when the mixture is completely frozen and appears dry and flaky in texture.
  • 1 Make the topping (optional). Stir the sugar, lime zest, and pepper flakes together in a small bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.
  • 1 Scoop into bowls and serve. Scoop the granita into bowls alone or with yogurt. Top with sugared lime zest mixture if using.



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