© Con Poulos
Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
6 HR
Serves : 4 cups

Light, refreshing and festive, it's lovely to end a rich, heavy meal with this granita. Slideshow: Great Granitas

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a saucepan, combine the water, cranberries, sugar and orange zest and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the cranberries pop and soften, about 15 minutes.

Step 2    

Transfer the cranberry mixture to a blender and puree at high speed for 2 minutes. Strain the puree through a fine sieve into a bowl and let cool completely.

Step 3    

Stir the orange juice into the puree and pour it into a 9-by-13-inch metal baking dish. Freeze the granita for 1 hour. Scrape the frozen edges into the center and freeze for about 3 hours longer, scraping hourly, until the granita is icy and flaky. Freeze for at least 2 hours longer, or preferably overnight.

Step 4    

Scrape the granita into glasses and serve topped with sweetened whipped cream.

Make Ahead

The granita can be frozen for up to 3 days.

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