Mmmm…my first encounter with granita…that was something truly amazing.
It happened during my vacation in Italy a couple of years ago.
Oh, I will never forget that moment.
Actually, I was spending the holiday with my sister and her family then. One lovely morning we decided to have a proper look at the village we were staying in…so – under the burning Italian sun – we walked every street, saw every sight and met ever person possible.
My feet still get depressed when they remember that.
After a couple of hours, as knackered as people can get, we decided to relax in a cute café sitting on top of a hill and offering a magnificent sea view.
First of all, the cup I was given amazed me with its wonderfully colorful content.
And then…wow…that first mouthful…OH, THAT FIRST MOUTHFUL…it was the most refreshing, invigorating and memorable dessert in my whole life.
During all the years that followed, just until recently, I hadn’t even dared to think I could prepare that delectable treat at home (you know, they make it in those big ‘freezing-and-mixing’ tanks).
But now the things have changed.
And you know what?
Granita might be the simplest and easiest dessert there is.
THESE are the ingredients!
1. First, pour the juice into a saucepan and place it over medium-low heat.
2. Add the sugar and stir.
3. Add the lemon juice and continue stirring just until the sugar has dissolved.
4. Remove from heat.
5. Then find a larger (4 cup – 1 liter) ‘freezer-friendly’ container and pour the mixture in.
6. Cover with a piece of parchment paper and put in your freezer.
7. After about 2 hours into the freezing process, remove the container from the freezer and move the liquid around with a fork, breaking the forming crystal structure. Put back in the freezer.
8. Repeat this process about 3 more times (every 2 hours). Then let freeze for as long as you wish.
This is what I got after leaving the mixture in the freezer overnight.
See? It’s doubled in volume.
To serve the orange granita, you can use some fresh oranges. Just cut an orange in half and, using a spoon, remove its flesh. Let freeze for a couple of hours. That way you’ll get a nice, cooling and impressive bowl.
Enjoy, dear friends.