Cherry granita

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6
Cherry granita

Pit the cherries and place in a large bowl. Toss in the sugar, orange and cherry liqueurs. Toss and set aside for 30 minutes to give the flavors time to marry.


Place the cherry mixture, along with the water and almond extract, into a blender and puree until the mixture is liquefied to form a granita base. This makes about 3 cups.


Strain the granita base and place in a large baking dish. Freeze, stirring every half-hour or so until the granita is frozen. To serve, shave the granita, raking the tines of a fork across the surface to break up the crystals. Serve immediately.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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