Friday, 20 June 2008
Cool Coffee Granita
Warm sunny days are on their way. Those hazy, lazy days when pottering in the garden is mandatory, and frozen treats are to be enjoyed in the deckchair.
I've already made this coffee granita twice. It's not one of those overly sweet, sickly desserts, it's more of a grown up treat that's perfect after dinner. What's more, you don't need an ice cream maker for it.
Adapted from The Best of Sainsbury's Desserts, now out of print
75g (3oz) soft light brown sugar
600ml (1 pint) water
2 tablespoons coffee granules (I used a hazelnut flavoured coffee)
Place the sugar and water into a large saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes, add the coffee and then leave to cool.
Pour into a rigid freezer-proof container, cover and freeze for an hour. Once it has begun to freeze, break up the frozen bits with a fork and return to the freezer. Check the granita every 30 minutes or so and keep breaking up any large crystals with the fork, until you have lovely fine, icy crystals.
2 tablespoons Tia Maria
120ml (4 fl oz ) whipping cream, whipped
To serve: spoon the granita into glasses, pour over a little liqueur, then top with a spoon of whipped cream and some chocolate shavings.
This is heading over to an event called You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts! It's being hosted by Mike's Table and I can't wait to see the round-up - there's going to be loads of ideas for frozen desserts - so keep your fingers crossed for warm sunny days ahead!
The round-up is now posted, see it HERE!
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