A granita is a refreshing alternative to ice-cream, with a delightful texture. Make this in strawberry season, when the berries are at their peak of sweet flavour and perfume – if your strawberries are very ripe and sweet, you won't need to add much sugar. The granita is served with a strawberry sauce.
To increase the fruit content of this dessert even more, serve it layered with more berries or other sliced fruit. * For a quick sorbet, freeze the mixture in an ice cube tray, with dividers, until firm, then pop the cubes out of the tray and whiz in a food processor with about 6 tbsp cranberry juice, or just enough to achieve a light and fluffy consistency. Serve straightaway. * Make the mixture into a sorbet using an ice-cream machine, following the manufacturer's instructions. * Add sliced ripe peaches to the berry garnish, to boost the vitamin C content.
Strawberries offer more vitamin C than any other berry (77 mg per 100 g/3½ oz, as compared with raspberries at 32 mg and blackberries at 15 mg). They are also low in calories – a portion of 100 g (3½ oz) contains just 27 kcal. * Cranberry juice contains a compound that prevents E. coli bacteria from causing urinary-tract infections.