For anyone that is a big fan of the slushies or the 7-Eleven Slurpee, I invite into the wonderful world of granita. Granita differs from the 7-Eleven experience in that you are getting real fruit not just some syrup combined with ice. The ingredients can be very simple, just water with sugar dissolves in it, combined with your favorite fresh fruit (fresh is better) and purpeed into a liquid. The flavor is beyond any mere slush. It’s a good dessert to make for those avoiding fat and lacking an ice cream maker. All you need is a freezer and you can make granita. Once you have your liquid is it just a matter of stirring the mixture every half hour or so until you have a bowl full of fruity ice crystals. The whole process can take up to 4 hours, but it will be worth the wait.
I am just starting out in my granita making so I have only made two flavors: peach and raspberry. Both came out delicious. If your looking for some recipes I recommend this book that I checked out at my local library: