A granita is a frozen, shaved ice dessert that is simple to make and very refreshing. They are made by gradually scraping ice crystals off the bottom of a dish, so the finished product has the texture of coarse sand. It is a very different experience than eating an American shaved ice dessert.
A typical granita recipe might only need three or four ingredients and is easily adapted to your own preferences. I love recipes that can be changed without much hassle. When I try something new, I always stick to the recipe the first time, but after that I love to make little changes so that the dish is extra special. Keep reading for a few tips on how I might personalize this recipe.
I love iced coffee, so my favorite granita recipes feature fresh coffee. Serving it with a spoonful of fresh whipped cream will give you an experience that rivals any great coffeehouse's frozen beverages. I'm all about saving money without sacrificing flavor, so why not try making your own coffee dessert instead of going out?
- 3 cups fresh, warm coffee
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings
- Mix together all ingredients and check to see if the sugar level is right for your taste.
- Pour the coffee into a shallow, freezer-safe baking dish or pan (metal, glass, or Pyrex all work well).
- Put into the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove and use a fork to scrape any ice that has formed along the sides back into the mixture.
- Repeat this process every 30 minutes, scraping ice crystals off the side of the pan and breaking up larger ice chunks.
- Once the mixture is completely frozen, scrape the ice off the pan with a fork one more time and fluff the ice. It should resemble the texture of shaved ice.
- Return the ice to the freezer for a final 15 or 20 minutes before serving with whipped cream.
Tips for Coffee Granita Recipe
- The vanilla extract can be swapped for nearly any flavoring you like with coffee. Try using 1 tbsp. of Kahlua, orange zest, or even cocoa powder. The chocolate will give your ice a cloudier color, but the flavor is great.
- The coffee needs to be just warm enough to dissolve the sugar. If it is hot when you begin, allow it to cool on the counter for 20 minutes before freezing.
- Use coffee that you would love to drink. Because this recipe is so simple, that will be your main flavor. A bad cup of coffee means a bad granita, so whether you make your coffee in a French press or a more standard coffee maker, use a brand you love.