Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
5 Hours 20 Mins
Yield
4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Although complex black plums, with their winey flavor, taste and look spectacular in this refreshing granita, you can use most any variety.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 minutes or until plums begin to fall apart, stirring occasionally. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl; cool completely, stirring occasionally. Discard allspice.

Step 2

Place the plum mixture, lime juice, and basil in a blender; process until well blended. Press the plum mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl, and discard solids. Pour the mixture into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish. Cover and freeze until partially frozen (about 2 hours). Scrape with a fork, crushing any lumps. Freeze for 3 hours, scraping with a fork every hour, or until completely frozen.

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