Thursday, May 31, 2012

GCC Recipe Swap - Granita

We like ice cream.  I don't buy it very often but every once in a while I'll splurge and buy a carton.  But a great way to put a frozen treat on the table is to make granita or Italian Ice.  It's a simple, fresh frozen treat that you can make with ingredients you most likely have on hand already.  So here's one of our favorites.

Lemon Granita

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon rind

Combine 2 cups of the water with the sugar in a medium  saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Add the salt, stir, and remove the pan from the heat.  Stir in the remaining water and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. Meanwhile, place a shallow metal 2 1/2 qt container (such as a large cake pan) in the freezer to chill.  Add the lemon juice, lemon peel, and extract to the chilled sugar mixture; stir until well blended. Pour into the chilled metal pan. Place the pan in the freezer for 30-60 minutes, or until ice crystals form around the edges. Stir the ice crystals into the center of the pan and return to the freezer.  Repeat every 30 minutes, or until all the liquid is crystallized but not frozen solid, about 3 hours.  To serve, scoop the granita into chilled dessert bowls or goblets.  (If the granita has become too hard, scrape it with a large metal spoon to break up the ice crystals.) Serve at once.  Advance Preparation: The granita can be stored, covered, for up to four days in the freezer, but it will have become frozen solid.  To serve, either allow the granita to thaw in the refridgerator until you can scrape the crystals, or break it up into chunks and process with on/off motions in a food processor fitted with the knife blade until fairly smooth.
2 teaspoons lemon extract

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e-Mom said...

Sounds SO delicious... I love citrus, especially lemons. :~D

Lyn said...

Sounds tasty! I see in the instructions that it calls for adding the juice, zest and extract, but there is no extract listed in the ingredients. I assume it's lemon extract. Could you please clarify? Thanks!