Mixed Berry Granita with Samos Muscat     

The beautiful island of Samos- Greece is known for its sweet delicious muscat wine. Here I’m using it with  local summer berries to make a refreshing frozen summer treat at home without any fancy ice cream makers.  I make sure to frequently stir or whisk the granite mixture to break up the crystals so the final texture is icy when fully frozen.  Best made the day before serving. 

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup super fine sugar (50 ml)

3 cups assorted mixed berries strawberries (750 ml)

3/4 cup Samos Muscat wine (175 ml) or other sweet wine   

juice of 1/2 lemon

Lemon balm, to garnish (optional)

Greek yogourt for garnish 

 

Instructions:

In food processor, pulse sugar until it is super fine.  Add the mixed berries and wine. Puree until smooth. Pour into 9 by 13-inch metal pan. Place on a flat surface in freezer for 1 hour or until just begins to freeze. Remove granita mixture from freezer and stir well with whisk to break up the crystals. Return to freezer. 

Freeze for another 30 minutes and repeat stirring process. Continue to check and stir granita mixture every 30 minutes or so until mixture has completely crystallized from the stirring and freezing. The ice crystals will form into a thick grainy slush. Keep frozen until ready to serve. Serve granita individually in chilled dish and garnish with dollop of Greek yogourt lemon balm. 

Makes  6-8  servings

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