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Under 30 Minutes

Sweet Cherry Granita

Stirring granita during the freezing process lets large, flaky ice crystals form. It can be wrapped and frozen, up to 1 week; scrape again before serving.

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  • Servings: 12
Sweet Cherry Granita

Photography: Petrina Tinslay

Source: Everyday Food, June 2011


  • 2 pounds cherries, stemmed and pitted, or 3 bags (12 ounces each) frozen cherries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup almond-flavored liqueur, such as Disaronno (optional)
  • Whipped cream or mascarpone cheese (optional), for serving


  1. In a blender, puree cherries, sugar, and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish. Freeze 6 hours, scraping with a fork every hour (mixture should be icy and fluffy).

  2. To serve, pour 1 tablespoon liqueur into each of 12 small bowls or glasses. Top with 1/2 cup granita and a small dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately.

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