Sunday, July 1, 2007

Caffe Di Granita

Granita (gra-NEE-ta) is a semi-frozen dessert from Italy made of sugar, water, and flavorings. It is related to sorbet and italian ice, but it has a coarser, more crystalline texture. Common and traditional flavoring ingredients include lemon juice, mandarin oranges, coffee, almonds, mint, and when in season wild strawberries and black mulberries. The following is a recipe for one of the most common flavorings, coffee!! If you like iced coffee then you will definitely want to try this. YUM!

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Caffe di Granita Recipe

Mix 2 cups heated water and 1/2 cup to 1 cup sugar (depending on personal
preference, 1 cup was a little too sweet for me and I will try 1/2 a cup next
time.)

Mix together until sugar has dissolved to make a simple syrup.

Add in 1 cup of coffee or for a stronger granita use espresso.

Pour into shallow baking dish or into a muffin pan and freeze until just barely
frozen. Break up the ice crystals and return to freezer. Repeat every 20 minutes
until the mixture becomes icy and slushy, about 2 hours. Spoon into glasses and
top with whipped cream if desired.

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I love it and plan on making it a staple in my house...luckily my husband doesn't care for iced coffee, so more for me! I just might be nice and make a fruity flavored one for him. Let me know how it turned out for you.

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