Meyer lemon granita

Time 40 minutes
Yields Serves 6
Meyer lemon granita

Heat the water and sugar just until clear, about 5 minutes. Add the lemon zest and remove from heat. Let the syrup steep for at least 30 minutes.


Stir in the lemon juice. Strain the mixture into a shallow 9-by-12-inch glass baking dish.


Freeze the mixture for an hour. Remove from the freezer and stir with a fork, breaking up any chunks of ice. Return it to the freezer. Repeat 4 or 5 times over the next 2 to 3 hours. Each time, the ice will be a little less liquid and will stick together more. When it is firm enough to hold a shape, it is done.


Try not to let the ice freeze solid. If it does, chop it into small pieces in the dish and grind it in the food processor. (The result will be lighter and fluffier and the flavor will not be as intense.)

Russ Parsons is a former food writer and columnist at the Los Angeles Times.
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