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Cranberry and Pineapple Granita

Cranberry and Pineapple Granita

I always struggle to figure out what to do with the remaining half of a bag of cranberries each year unless I’m cooking for a large group.  The pineapple and sugar balance out the tartness of the cranberries.


1 1/2 cups water
2 cups cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 c. crushed pineapple or fresh pineapple chunks

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.

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

Pour the granita into a large dish.  Freeze the granita for 1 hour. Scrape the frozen edges into the center and freeze for about 3 hours longer, scraping hourly. Freeze for at least 2 hours longer or overnight.

This is what it looks like before the finished product is scooped into glasses and garnished with mint: