Balsamic & Strawberry Granita

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Makes: 12

Ingredients

  1. 1/3 cup sugar
  2. 6 sprigs basil, leaves and stalks separated
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 lb strawberries, stemmed and hulled
  5. 1/4 cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Method

  1. In a small saucepan, simmer sugar, basil stems and water over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Let cool. Meanwhile, set aside 6 strawberries and 12 small basil leaves for garnish.
  2. Remove basil stems from the cooled sugar syrup and pour syrup into a blender. Add basil leaves, strawberries and vinegar and blend until smooth.
  3. Strain out seeds and pulp, pour into a shallow metal pan and freeze. Every 30 min. stir and scrape the mixture with a fork, repeating 5 to 6 times until it has frozen into crystals. Scoop into bowls and garnish with reserved basil leaves and strawberries.