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Strawberry Shortcake on Steroids

Inspired by classic strawberry shortcake, this reinvented version is made with three forms of strawberry (macerated, powdered, pudding), features ginger-and-lemongrass-flavored choux pastry puff, and is topped with light, refreshing buttermilk granita. It's not traditional, but it is an explosion of flavors and textures that's absolutely worth making. More

Bar Bites: Irish Stout Granita with Raw Oysters

A cold pint of stout and a plate of freshly shucked oysters may seem like an odd coupling at first. But because the waters around England and Ireland were once brimming with oysters, the beer and bivalve pairing became just as natural (though less well-known) as corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, or Wills and Kate. More

Scooped: Prosecco, Lemon, and Ginger Granita

I often hear people lament their inability to make frozen desserts for lack of equipment. But nothing's quite as satisfying as pulling dessert out of the freezer at the end of a long meal—nodding, yes, it is homemade. For these occasions, we have granita, one of the easiest and most elegant desserts ever made. The ingredients couldn't be simpler, the technique no more elementary. And they wake up the palate like nothing else. No ice cream maker required. More

Cook the Book: Blueberry Orange Basil Granita

The solution to my temporary lack of an ice cream maker was simple and refreshing Blueberry Orange Basil Granita. The granita originated in Sicily and I've always thought of it as the Italian version of a slushie. I adapted this recipe from a basic template outlined in The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto. Blueberries and orange juice are pureed and then placed in a shallow pan in the freezer. The mixture is chilled for 3 to 4 hours, and stirred every half hour to break up the forming ice crystals. When finished the granita should be almost frozen and then scraped into light flakes of shaved ice. More

How to Make Granita

Somewhere between sorbet and a sno-cone, a granita is the perfect refreshment when you're hot, cranky, and looking for an excuse to stick your face in the freezer every 30 minutes. This slideshow will teach you how to make your own granita by stirring some simple syrup into basically anything. More

4 Ways to Cool Down with Chocolate

Sitting in my AC-less apartment with the fan blowing hot air in my face, it's hard to think about anything except how frigging hot it is in the Northeast. Record-breakingly hot. Temper-breakingly hot. Now, this doesn't necessarily put everyone in the mood to scarf a chocolate bar, but here are four ways to get your cocoa fix while staying cool. More

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