Homemade coffee granita garnished with orange zests

DifficultyIntermediate

This refreshingly light summertime dessert is kind of like a coffee snow cone. Sicily is the birthplace of granitas, where the slushy semi-frozen flavored ices are enjoyed thoughout the hot day, but mostly for breakfast along with freshly baked brioche.

Homemade coffee granita garnished with orange zests

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time3 hrs 30 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time4 hrs

 2 cups warm espresso or strong coffee
 ½ cup sugar
 2 tbsp coffee liqueur or Bourbon, orange or hazelnut liqueur, flavored syrups, vanilla, etc.
 orange or lemon zest

1

Combine all of the ingredients in a pot and warm slightly until the sugar melts. Pour into a metal pan — 8" square or 9" x 13".

2

Place the pan in the freezer and allow to freeze for about 30 minutes.

3

Remove the pan from the freezer and, using a fork, scrape off any ice crystals that have formed. Return the pan to the freezer and repeat scraping the mixture every 30 minutes until all the liquid has frozen (approximately 3 hours).

4

Once all the liquid is frozen, remove the mixture and place into a metal bowl, fluffing it vigorously with the fork.

5

Return the mixture to the freezer for approximately 30 more minutes before serving. The final mixture should look like a fluffy pile of brown crystals.

To Serve:
6

Scoop the mixture into wine glasses and top with whipped cream and/or a sprig of fresh mint.

Ingredients

 2 cups warm espresso or strong coffee
 ½ cup sugar
 2 tbsp coffee liqueur or Bourbon, orange or hazelnut liqueur, flavored syrups, vanilla, etc.
 orange or lemon zest

Directions

1

Combine all of the ingredients in a pot and warm slightly until the sugar melts. Pour into a metal pan — 8" square or 9" x 13".

2

Place the pan in the freezer and allow to freeze for about 30 minutes.

3

Remove the pan from the freezer and, using a fork, scrape off any ice crystals that have formed. Return the pan to the freezer and repeat scraping the mixture every 30 minutes until all the liquid has frozen (approximately 3 hours).

4

Once all the liquid is frozen, remove the mixture and place into a metal bowl, fluffing it vigorously with the fork.

5

Return the mixture to the freezer for approximately 30 more minutes before serving. The final mixture should look like a fluffy pile of brown crystals.

To Serve:
6

Scoop the mixture into wine glasses and top with whipped cream and/or a sprig of fresh mint.

Coffee Granita
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