Winter strawberries from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland are arguably the best strawberries in the country. You will find them in abundance at every greengrocer over winter and it the perfect time to make them into jams, ice creams and granitas. Blueberries would also work when they are the peak of their season, at the end of summer.
- 5 tablespoon sugar
- 220ml water
- 3 punnets (750g) fresh strawberries, washed with green tops removed
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
In a small saucepan combine 4 tablespoons of sugar with water, bring to the boil, and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Cool down to room temperature.
Place half the strawberries in a blender along with Grand Marnier, sugar syrup and orange juice. Blend until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve into a shallow baking tray and place in the freezer for three hours, or until completely frozen.
Using a fork, scrape the frozen ice until all of the ice has been broken into small frozen ice crystals that resembles snow. Re-freeze for at least an hour.
Chop the remaining strawberries in desired pieces and mix with the remaining sugar and some more Grand Marnier if you wish.
Fill 4 glasses with the cut strawberry pieces and top with the granita.