Sugar Plum Granita

When I hear the words “sugar plum”, my mind automatically jumps to Christmas. Yours too? Turns out, sugar plums are just small, adorable plums, and not really sweeter than regular ones. And around here, they only grow in the Summer. Which is fine by me because they make a great 4 ingredient, no cook, frozen dessert.

Granita is Italian for “frozen slushy” – or something like that. They are can be made with fruit, juice, or other things, like coffee and chocolate.┬áThis one here is pretty tart, just how I like it, but feel free to add more honey if you like things a bit sweeter.

We’ve been in a pretty major heatwave over here in Brooklyn, and this is one of the few things that was actually worked at cooling us off (taking a ride on an over-air-conditioned subway works too). And hopefully this crazy thunderstorm we’re having will cool things off a bit, too. Mom comes to town next week, and heat is one of her least favorite things.

I used sugar plums because I saw them at the market and just HAD to have them, but if you don’t have easy access to them, regular ones will be just fine. Also, here are a few other ideas off the top of my head:

  • Strawberry + Balsamic Vinegar
  • Peach + Basil
  • Blackberry + Sage
  • Blueberry + Lemon + Thyme (lemon thyme…!)

 Sugar Plum Granita

1 pint sugar plums, pitted
juice of 2 limes
3 T. honey (or more to taste)
a handful of mint leaves

Combine all ingredients in blender. Let it run for a few minutes. Transfer to a shallow dish and freeze. Every 30 minutes, for about 2 hours, take it out of the freezer and scrape the outside into the middle with a fork. At some point it will all be frozen, then just scrape the whole thing until it gets fluffy.


makes 4 small bowls


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  1. sandra says:

    easier than ice cream. i’ll have to give a try.

  2. This looks delicious. I nominated you on my blog for the Versatile Blogger award :) You can read about it on my blog if you so choose. Milk and Honey

  3. Julie Thomson says:

    Hi! I’m working on a sugar plum recipe round up for The Huffington Post Taste and would love to feature your recipe. Please contact me if you’re interested. Thanks!

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