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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Tropical Coconut Almond Cookies

Are you all ready for summer?  I know I am.  It’s not quite here though.  So I am making do with these little cookies that have flavors reminiscent of a tiki cocktail, and are basically a mashup of macaroons and macarons.  I’m not a big fan of either of those, I usually find them too sweet for my tastes.  So I reduced the sugar as much as I could, swapped out sweet coconut (which is in macaroons) for unsweetened, and punched up the flavor with lime zest and freeze dried pineapple.  And these cookies stay wonderfully soft with the almond meal (featured in macarons).  If you turn the heat up to 80 degrees, close your eyes and take a bite, you can almost believe summer is here.  And did I mention these little gems are naturally gluten-free and dairy free?

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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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