Summer In A Bowl


It’s warm outside. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. My children are wearing shorts and t-shirts and bugging me to buy them water guns. It can only mean one thing – summer!

Alright, so I’m a little early, but summer really is right around the corner and it’s never to soon to start pretending! The best way to pretend that summer has arrived is with this Strawberry Granita. You won’t believe how fresh and bright it tastes. The best part? It’s totally easy and pretty healthy, too!

All you need is one pound of strawberries, 3/4 cup hot water, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Simple, right?


First, wash one pound of strawberries. Grab a spoon and hull them. (I’d never tried using a spoon before, I’d always just chopped off the tops with a knife. The spoon actually worked pretty nicely.) Stick the strawberries in your food processor or blender and process until smooth.

While the strawberries are processing, mix together 3/4 cup of very hot water, 1/2 cup of white sugar, and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in a medium bowl.


Dump your strawberries into the sugar water and stir it all up. It’ll be pretty runny, but don’t be scared. I wouldn’t lead you astray, would I?

After you’ve mixed all the ingredients together, go ahead and dump it all into a large baking sheet. I used an 18 x 13 cookie sheet. You could probably use the smaller 13 x 9 sheet if you had too, but it’ll probably take a bit longer to freeze. Or maybe not. What do I know?

Put your cookie sheet into the freezer and after thirty minutes are up, remove it. Grab a fork and scrape all the frozen bits around the edges in to the middle. Pop it back in the freezer for another 2 hours, repeating the scraping every 30 minutes.


You could serve this in a smaller bowl, but why would you want to? After all, it’s fruit! Eat it all! You deserve it!

Strawberry Granita

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Wash and hull strawberries and process in food processor or blender until smooth. In medium bowl, stir together next three ingredients until sugar has dissolved. Stir in processed strawberries. Pour onto 18 x 13 baking sheet and freeze for 2 1/2 hours, scraping the edges with a fork towards the middle every 30 minutes. Scrape into bowls and serve.

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8 Responses to “Summer In A Bowl”

  1. Jill May 12, 2009 @ 10:00 pm (#

    So… how can I work vodka into this again? I think I missed that part of your recipe…


  2. Sophie May 13, 2009 @ 2:49 am (#

    MMMMMM…Karly! Your strawberry granita looks so delicious & lovely!! Yum Yum Yum!!


  3. Aliceson May 13, 2009 @ 5:42 am (#

    Yumm! I can’t wait to try this, but I agree with Jill- needs vodka!


  4. Simone (junglefrog) May 19, 2009 @ 2:14 am (#

    I never knew it would be so easy to make! You know you have these dishes that look awsome and you just think it is all too complicated, but now that you explained how to do this… I will have to make it too!


  5. The Purple Foodie May 29, 2009 @ 5:47 am (#

    Omg yes, this is summer in a bowl! Looks absolutly delightful. 😀


  6. Meseidy July 2, 2009 @ 9:39 pm (#

    First beautiful pictures. I confess I have the hardest time photography red. This is a great simple dessert for the hot summer. Thank you for sharing.


  7. Meseidy July 2, 2009 @ 9:39 pm (#

    Oh and I love the name of your blog very cute.


  8. Amanda W June 18, 2011 @ 3:16 pm (#

    This is so delicious! I don’t have a blender or a food processor yet so I used my stand mixer instead. It didn’t work as well so there were some chunks of strawberries left and it is soooo delicious!!!!
    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe :)


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