Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lime Granita

Granita (in Italian also granita siciliana) is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings... Common and traditional flavoring ingredients include lemon juice, mandarin oranges, jasmine, coffee, almonds, mint, and when in season wild strawberries and black mulberries.

Granita is often found served as a slush-type drink rather than a dessert, in a paper or plastic cup with a plastic lid and a straw (often a spoon straw).

Today I made it with Lemon juice, and in this type of weather having such slushy icy drink is refreshing... recipe courtesy... Fauzia Kitchen Fun... 

5 cups water
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed and sieved
pinch of salt
green colour (you can make it any colour you want actually)

Mix the sugar, salt and water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Give it about 4-5 minutes from the point when it starts boiling, then switch off.

Let this syrup cool down, then add your freshly squeezed lime juice and a few drops of colour. Mix together well, then pour it into a dish.

Cover and freeze it for a little while until it starts to set. Remove the dish and, using a fork, scrape everything until it looks like crumbs, then cover and put the dish back.

Again a couple hours or so later, remove the dish and scrape it up once more and cover and return it back into the freezer.

This process gives your granita that lovely slushy icy crumbly look and texture. \

Whenever you're ready to have it, scrape it up quickly again using a fork, then serve and garnish with mint or lime slices. I used shaped ice-cubes out of the same liquid to garnish with, as seen in the pic. 

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