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Basil Granita with Peaches

Try a spicy variety of basil -- such as spicy globe or Greek -- if you like. You will need to use an electric juicer for the honeydew.

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus sprigs and flowers for garnish
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh honeydew juice (from 1 1/4 pounds honeydew)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, or verjuice
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 peaches, halved lengthwise, pitted, and thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add basil; cook until basil turns bright green, about 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to ice-water bath until cool, about 1 minute. Drain; pat dry.

  2. Step 2

    Stir together sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until sugar has dissolved. Add basil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let cool completely.

  3. Step 3

    Puree the basil mixture in a blender, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in honeydew juice. Refrigerate, covered, 8 to 12 hours.

  4. Step 4

    Using the back of a spoon, press basil mixture through a fine sieve into a nonreactive bowl. Stir in lemon juice and salt. Transfer to an 8-inch square nonreactive baking dish, and place in freezer. Rake with a fork every 30 minutes until mixture is completely frozen, about 3 hours.

  5. Step 5

    Arrange peaches on 6 chilled serving plates, dividing evenly; top with granita. Garnish with basil sprigs and flowers.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2005

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