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granita in bowls with whipped cream and cherries

Sour Cherry Blackcurrant Granita

  • Author: What Steve Eats
  • Total Time: 30 min active, 3 hours passive
  • Yield: 6 1x


Granita is the Sicilian variation of Italian ice and this recipe makes for a pucker-inducing blackcurrant and cherry dessert that’s easy to customize with other fruits.


Units Scale
  • 1 pound blackcurrants
  • 1/2 pound sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream, optional


Remove the stems from the fruit and pit the cherries. Add both the currants and cherries to a blender, along with ½ cup water, and puree until smooth.

Strain the puree through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the tiny currant seeds. (But if you don’t mind a bunch of small crunchy seeds, feel free not to strain.) Discard the seeds and return the strained puree to the blender. Add the maple syrup, lime juice, salt, and another ½ cup of water. Blend until it’s well combined, about 30 seconds. You should end up with a relatively thin consistency, so if it seems too thick, add more water and keep blending. Taste the mix and add more maple syrup or salt, to your preference.

Pour the granita mixture into a 9x13 baking dish or another vessel that will allow the granita to spread out into a shallow layer. Cover the container and put it in the freezer for one hour.

After an hour, take the granita out of the freezer and use a fork to scrape the ice and break up any chunks. Repeat this once per hour two or three more times. The goal is to create thin flakes of ice every time you scrape.

When the granita is frozen and flaky, whip the cream in a mixing bowl. Add maple syrup, to taste. Serve the granita in bowls topped with the fresh whipped cream.


Substitute your favorite fruits in place of the blackcurrants and cherries, just keep it to about 1 1/2 pounds total.

If not eating all at once, keep frozen and scrape with a fork before serving.

  • Prep Time: 30 min active, 3 hours passive
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: blackcurrants, sour cherries, granita, frozen ice, maple syrup, lime juice