Italian Lemon Granita

Italian Lemon Granita Recipe

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My wonderful husband surprised me for our 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to Italy this summer. Part of the time,we rented a home that included a cook,she was wonderful to share some of her recipes,this is one I really enjoyed. This is her original recipe,but I think when I make it I would omit the thyme,try both ways and see which way you like it.
I wrote this recipe while watching her make the granita,these are approximate measurements as she did not measure.


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  • 1 c
    1 cup water
  • 2/3 c
  • 2/3 c
    lemon juice
  • 2
    fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tsp
    grated lemon peel

How to Make Italian Lemon Granita


  1. In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and thyme. Transfer to an 8-in. square dish; cool to room temperature.
    Remove thyme sprigs. Freeze for 1 hour; stir with a fork. Freeze 2-3 hours longer or until completely frozen, stirring every 30 minutes.
    Stir granita with a fork just before serving.

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Course/Dish: Ice Cream & Ices

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