Sunday, July 1, 2012

Rhubarb and Strawberry Granita


I have to say I adore the chow and chatter facebook page and the sweet folks on there, I started talking about rhubarb and recipe ideas and I decided there was no excuse for never cooking it. My Dad grows it in his garden and I remember nibbling on it dipped in sugar as a kid with my Mum making rhubarb crumble with custard (a crisp in the US). 

I wanted to do something different and with the weather being so warm I thought of an Italian style granita. It was easy to make and a fun summer treat. Its also healthy being a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, Potassium and Manganese.





Ingredients:

  • 3 big stalks of rhubarb
  • 10 strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar 
  • a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
Method:

  1. cook the strawberries and chopped rhubarb in a pan over a medium heat with the sugar and add water as needed but the rhubarb will have plenty of liquid in them 
  2. let it simmer for about 10-20 minutes until you have a nice sauce and add lemon juice
  3.  let it cool I used 1/2 for the granita and 1/2 I kept in the fridge and added to oatmeal
  4. add the mixture into a tin and put in the freezer after about an hour take it out and stir with a fork
  5. then after another hour do the same by this time it will be a nice sorbet with a icy consistency and ready to serve
I actually made it the day before and decided to wait for a sunny afternoon the next day to take a good picture :-) on my front step, but the wee kiddies followed and as I quickly took pictures the wee guy was eating the chalk we play with! His cute smile came as I said no, kids make the best props and best taste testers :-)




 adore out kids :-)



our cheeky wee guy :-)
added to oatmeal so good:-)

Have you eaten, or cooked with rhubarb and what's your favorite recipe?


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