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      Strawberry Granita

      Serves 6


      1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced

      3 tablespoons sugar

      1/2 cup water

      1 teaspoon lemon juice

      balsamic vinegar

      mint leaves

      Method of Preparation:

      1.Place sliced strawberries in a large bowl. Toss with sugar; let stand for at least one hour at room temperature, or up to four hours.

      2.Puree the strawberries and their juices with the water in a blender. Taste and add fresh lemon juice.

      3.Pour strawberry mixture into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze approximately 45 minutes or until icy at edge of pan.

      4.After 45 minutes, whisk to distribute frozen portions evenly. Cover and return to freezer and freeze about 3 hours or overnight until frozen solid.

      5.When ready to serve the granita, remove from freezer. Using a fork, scrape granita down length of pan, forming icy flakes. Return to freezer for at least 1 hour.

      6.To serve, scoop flaked granita into tall goblets or parfait glasses. If the granita is too solid you can allow it to sit in the refrigerator for half an hour until you can scrape it with a fork. Garnish with mint leaves and drizzled balsamic.