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Berry Burst Granita

by Jamie on August 1, 2012

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Sometimes, I am an incredible planner. However, most of the time, I am not. I had planned on posting this recipe last week while I was out of town, but I became enthralled with episodes of Big Brother, stop judging me and packing and unpacking like 18 pairs of shoes.

I traveled to New Jersey for a couple of days to hang out with Amber and then headed to PA with Green Mountain Coffee for Big Summer Potluck.

I always hype up myself before embarking on journeys that require encounters with new people. I’m socially awkward and although I fully embrace this facet of my personality, new people is not something that I do well. I can easily appear to be standoffish – not because I’m bitchy although I can be and Brian will attest to that, but more because engaging in new interactions is not one of my strengths.

Plus, I always end up in an awkward situation that typically entails food in my teeth, toilet paper stuck to my shoe or something else random that makes me wonder why I went in public to begin with.

Being a blogger, I can kind of hide behind my computer and edit myself tremendously during an interaction, but in person, that luxury simply doesn’t exist. So I had to suck it up, embrace my nervous fits of profanity and hope that I packed the right shoes.

I’m not much of conference attendee due the aforementioned social anxiety situation, but the Big Summer Potluck is a bit different. It’s a little more intimate, a little more low key, but full of great friends, inspiration and of course – food. The best part of BSP was connecting with people like Jen, Paula, Kristen, Megan, Aimee, Shaina and so many others that I’ve only known through a computer monitor. Seeing and talking with people in person is good stuff – I think I may need to do it more often!

Berry Burst Granita uses the new Acai Berry Vitamin Burst K-Cup™. This specialty crafted K-Cup™ is designed to be brewed over ice – it’s caffeine free, naturally sweetened, full of vitamin C and bursting with delicious berry flavor. I blended this sweet, invigorating beverage with fresh summer berries to create a refreshing dessert perfect for the hot Summer days of August.

Moral of the story? Make granita and totally embrace your awkwardness – people aren’t really as scary as we make them out to be in our heads.

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Berry Burst Granita

August 1st, 2012

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus freeze time

Ingredients:

Acai Berry Vitamin Burst brewed over ice (10 ounce setting)
3/4 cup fresh strawberries
3/4 cup fresh bluberries
1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Directions:

1. Strain the ice from the brewed Acai Berry Vitamin Burst and pour it into a blender. Add in the fresh berries and blend until the mixture is smooth. Give the mixture a taste, if it is not sweet enough, add in a little sugar until you reach the desired level of sweetness. My berries were sweet enough, so I did not add any sugar.

2. Pour mixture into a 9-inch square pan or dish and freeze, stirring and raking the mixture with a fork 30 minutes or so, until frozen, 4 to 6 hours. Scrape the mixture with the tines of fork before serving. Cover tightly and freeze. Scrape granita into bowls, garnish with berries and serve.

Notes:

- Granita can be made up to one day in advance.


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Lindsay August 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I’m totally with you on the awkward-social-interaction thing. But I have to say I so enjoyed meeting you this past weekend. :) Us introverts need to stick together!

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Melange August 2, 2012 at 12:27 am

This is an absolute treat..the loved the way you presented it as well..Truly worth it !

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Kathryn August 2, 2012 at 5:34 am

I have exactly the same fears about meeting new people and especially people that I’ve got to know online and who don’t realise quite how awkward I can be! It sounds like the Big Summer Potluck was such a great weekend though that any anxiety was totally worth it :)

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 2, 2012 at 6:05 am

So fun! I can’t wait to try!!

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 2, 2012 at 6:55 am

Mmm this sounds delicious. And I agree, new people even in smaller settings can be uncomfortable and awkward.

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Becca - Cookie Jar Treats August 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

Ooooh. I’ve never had a granita before, but this one looks so pretty :)

And I too and socially awkward. I never know what to say and usually I want to stay home as opposed to going out. It’s kind of sad. :P

I hope you had a good time at the BSP :)

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Cassie August 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

I adore granita this time of year. The berries are just perfect too, and the color is absolutely stunning!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers August 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

Ohhhh, this sounds wonderful and refreshing!!!

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Amber August 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

I’m in love with these new k-cup packs. It was a fun week, though I wish we’d had more time to bake together. Social awkwardness is definitely one of the things I love about you.

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baker in disguise August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

this is just soo soo pretty!! i love berries.. and it doesnt get better than this!! “Totally embrace your awkwardness”.. that made me simple!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Beautiful pictures…I love granita!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary August 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I think I used to be shyish…if that’s the same thing as social awkwardness. Then my hubs took off and I was left to raise two kids alone. Fight every battle, handle every detail, get everything done. That changes you, mostly for the better. I’m not there anymore; as a matter of fact someone told me yesterday that I reminded her of Bethany Frankel; to the point and seemingly fearless. No one is fearless, we just put on a good face. :)

These look so doggone healthy; that they also sound good and look gorgeous? Priceless.

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Karrie August 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

This sounds delicious but fairly virtuous too!

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Eat Good 4 Life August 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

This looks terrific. Perfect for the summer. No way you were in NJ!! I live in NJ, I wish we could have met and have a baking day :-) I hope you had fun with Amber. As always admiring your photography and great sweet goodies!!

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Jamie August 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

I had a great time! You are too sweet, thanks for stopping by.
-Jamie

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momma August 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Johnny says that’s all you need to do, is to blend in and go with the flow.

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Ali August 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

If I don’t have a keurig, is there anything I could use in place of the K-Cup? Berry green tea? It looks so so so delicious!

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Jamie August 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

Ali-
You could definitely sub in juice or tea! Have fun with it!
-Jamie

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective August 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Awe, I thought you were sweet, not awkward! And that is one stunning granita, girl.

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Ann P. August 3, 2012 at 7:21 pm

my mouth is watering, that looks SO GOOD!!

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Angela and Marilena August 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Beautiful photos! Granita has been on our minds for so long! This recipe might be the push we need to give it a try! Great post!

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