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Espresso Granita
Espresso Granita Photo courtesy of Paige Green copyright 2012

Ice cream is the obvious choice when you’re looking to serve a cooling warm-weather dessert. That’s why we’re enamored with granita, a light, icy treat that’s essentially a snow cone for grown-ups. We’re particularly excited about this espresso granita from San Francisco institution Bi-Rite Creamery’s new cookbook, Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones. The simple recipe requires just two ingredients (freshly brewed espresso and sugar) and results in a company-worthy dessert shot through with full-bodied flavor.

Start to Finish: About 4 hours
Makes 6 to 8 servings (or 1.5 quarts)

Ingredients

3½ cups freshly brewed espresso or very strong coffee

¾ cup granulated sugar

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, combine the espresso or coffee with the sugar and whisk until all the sugar has dissolved.

2. Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or similar shallow pan. Freeze, uncovered, until ice crystals start to form, about an hour.

3. Stir the mixture with a fork to break up the crystals. Return the baking dish to the freezer and stir every 30 minutes to break up the ice crystals as the granita freezes. When the granita is completely frozen, after about 3 hours, it should have a light, feathery texture.

4. Break up the granita with a fork and transfer to serving bowls just before serving. Alternately, transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.

 

 

Reprinted with permission from Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones by Kris Hoogerhyde, Anne Walker and Dabney Gough, copyright 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • If using strong coffee, the authors recommend finely grinding the beans and using a French press to create a brew that’s full-bodied and flavorful enough to mimic espresso.

  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream for a spin on cappuccino in frozen form.

  • See Serious Eats’ recent granita slideshow.

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