Boozy Granita Two Ways

Strawberry Rosé Granita was a bonus recipe from awhile back.  But it is so refreshing and the perfect make ahead summer dessert that we decided to bring it back as a permanent recipe.  We also added in a blueberry version with limoncello and white wine.  Hello summertime!

Granita is an easy frozen treat that doesn’t require an ice cream maker.  Just a pan, fork and a little periodic scraping.  If you don’t have the juicer/strainer attachment, you could also puree the berries in the blender attachment and then strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds.  But if you love berries as much as my family does, it is a great attachment!  Also excellent for turning bumper crops of tomatoes into sauce during the summer, and apples into applesauce when autumn comes around.

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Overnight Sourdough Biscuits

These are not your typical biscuits.  Tall and pillowy they are not, they are actually kinda on the squatty side of biscuits.  But what they are is full of butter and tangy sourdough flavor with a soft fluffy interior and crispy exterior.  Oh, and they don’t rely on any commercial leavening agents.  Just good ol’ sourdough starter.  And you make them up the night before and let them sit for 8-12 hours to develop all those sourdough flavors.  Come morning, bake them off and you can have long fermented sourdough biscuits in less than 30 minutes for breakfast.  Dreams do come true….

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Meyer Lemon Bars with Pistachio Ginger Crust

Meyer lemon season is coming to an end soon, so let’s take advantage and squeeze out every bit of fragrant lemony-ness we can.  Pistachios and ginger pair extremely well with lemon, and are the prominent flavors in the buttery crust of these bars.  The filling uses both the juice and zest to get the most Meyer lemon flavor.  A simple glaze of confectioners’ sugar and more Meyer lemon juice tops it all off, along with a dusting of chopped pistachios to give it a salty crunchy balance.  And don’t worry.  We’ve got gluten free and whole wheat variations covered.  So go ahead, raise a glass (or lemon bar) to another citrus season.

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