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Cherry Granitas

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 4 hr 30 min
  • Ingredients 4
  • Servings 4
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This Italian shaved ice is incredibly easy to make, and no special tools are required!
By Jennifer Perillo
Updated Jun 29, 2011
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  • 4 cups pitted dark sweet cherries
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


  • 1
    Make Simple Syrup (below).
  • 2
    In food processor, place cherries, orange juice and 1/2 cup Simple Syrup. Cover; process, using quick on-and-off motions, until mixture is pureed. Place strainer over medium bowl; strain mixture through strainer, pressing with back of rubber spatula to extract as much liquid as possible.
  • 3
    Pour juice into 8x8-inch glass baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap. Freeze overnight, or until firm.
  • 4
    When ready to serve, use tines of a fork to shave surface of frozen granita; spoon into bowls. Serve immediately.
  • 5
    Simple Syrup In small saucepan, heat water and sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture simmers and sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cool.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    When pressing out juice from cherries, don’t forget to scrape underside of strainer to capture every drop.
  • tip 2
    Cover and refrigerate any remaining Simple Syrup for up to 1 week.

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