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How to make raspberry granita

Learn how to make a refreshing raspberry granita with this easy-to-follow recipe. A granita is a classic Italian frozen dessert similar to a sorbet but has a chunky texture, so is even easier to make at home. Take a screenshot of the ingredients list at the bottom of the page for everything you need.

  1. Make the syrup

    Add 125g caster sugar to a pan with 200ml water. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 5 mins or until you have a thin syrup. Remove and cool completely.

    Make the syrup
  2. Make the purée

    Carefully rinse (or pick clean if they’re very ripe and too delicate to wash) 500g raspberries and purée in a food processor, along with the juice of half a lemon.

    Make the purée
  3. Strain the purée

    Using a wooden spoon (or, alternatively, a ladle), press the raspberry mixture through a fine wire sieve so you have a smooth, slightly pulpy juice. Discard all of the seeds.

    Strain the purée
  4. Freeze

    Mix the cooled syrup with the fruit and pour into a shallow plastic box or baking dish – ideally, one that is 20x30cm (8x12in) in size. Freeze for 2 hrs, or until partially solid.

  5. Break up the crystals

    Break up the mixture with a fork, scraping down the length of the tub. Return to the freezer and repeat the process twice more, at half hour intervals, then let it freeze a final time.

    Break up the crystals
  6. Soften

    Before serving, transfer the tub to the fridge for 30 mins so that the granita can soften up a little, then spoon the chunky crystals into 4-6 small glasses or bowls.

  7. Serve

    Serve with an extra wedge of lemon or lime for a zingy finish. If there are any leftovers, or if not using immediately, the granita will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer.

    granita final (h)

    Calories 155 (8%), fat 1g (1%), saturates 1g (5%), sugars 39g (43%), salt 0.5% (<1%) based on 4 servings.

  8. Ingredients

    We've made a shopping list so that you can get everything you need for this refreshing granita - make sure you take a screenshot before going to the supermarket.

    125g caster sugar
    200ml water
    500g raspberries
    ½ lemon
    extra lemon or lime wedges, to serve (optional)