Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
5 Hours 20 Mins
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.

Ratings & Reviews

KellyDiff's Review

July 11, 2011
I thought this was a wonderfully delicious, uber summery recipe. Tangy & sweet, almost like a beautiful, deep purple sweet and sour! Yum is all I can say (I made it as a sorbet in my ice cream maker instead of a granita)

Jennymarie's Review

June 20, 2011