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Friday, 20 June 2008

Cool Coffee Granita

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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.

Coffee Granita
Adapted from The Best of Sainsbury's Desserts, now out of print
4 servings

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.

Topping
2 tablespoons Tia Maria
120ml (4 fl oz ) whipping cream, whipped
chocolate shavings

To serve: spoon the granita into glasses, pour over a little liqueur, then top with a spoon of whipped cream and some chocolate shavings.

(Printable Recipe)

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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!

Scream for iceccream event logo

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31 comments:

Grace said...

a grown-up treat, eh? can i still have it if i'm supposed to be a grown-up but rarely act like one? :)

Helen said...

Yum! And it doesn't need an ice cream maker - what a refreshing change! I go crazy looking at ice cream recipes I can't make.

Raquel said...

Wow, that looks great! And I don't even like coffee (I have never grown up) I make a coffee ice cream that you don't have to use an ice-cream maker for.

Beth said...

It looks so refreshing - and with the added benefit of not needing an ice cream maker!

Judith said...

Oohhh yes. I'm always thrilled when frozen treats other than ice cream come up, because I'm still waiting for the ice cream maker I want to get free shipping again. This one looks fabulous!

Chuck said...

Nicisme, What a refreshing dish. I agree it would be perfect on a hot summers day. I'll have to give it a try once the weather starts to warm up here. Been a lousy spring/summer here so far! Very nice!

Miri said...

Nic - this looks like the perfect treat for a hot day like today here in Israel. I'd dig right in :)

Sue said...

I'm not a big sweet eater but this one Nic I may try. My DH would love this....Coffee and chocolate his fav.

nicisme said...

Grace - lol, you can sneak behind the bike sheds with one!

Helen - I used to still make them without the maker, just keep whisking every so often.

Raquel - I don't like really strong coffee. I'll look forward to your recipe.

Beth - welcome and thanks for your comments!

Judith - thanks, and I'm thinking this is better for you than the creamy ones!

Chuck - sorry to hear your weather's not up to par yet. Ours has been a bit hit and miss as well! I'll do a sun dance tomorrow!!!

Hi Miri - stop bragging, send some of that sunshine over to Chuck and to me!

Sue - please try it, and you could pour over some chocolate liqueur instead of the TM, yum!

Jan said...

Oooh now, like Sue I don't really eat desserts, but Tia Maria in the topping!! Nic that looks delish!

Ann said...

Nic - it's 115 degrees here today! So I NEED this! Plus, I adore coffee flavor anything, so this is perfection. :)

Brilynn said...

Looks easy and delicious!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

That looks so good...especially during this heat wave!

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Looks stunning :) and I love that you don't need an ice cream maker. The ice cream event sounds v cool (get it?) am looking forward to entering something myself.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

This looks really yummee. I have an ice-cream machine, but too lazy to take out the cupboard - perfect!

giz said...

I can think of at least 5 people who would give me their first born for this treat. I'd gladly make it for them with the caveat that they keep the first born :)

Ginny said...

I love granita! reminds me of when I was in messina a few years ago...yummy! :)

Kevin said...

Granita sounds like a bit of work compared to ice cream but it looks like it is worth the effort!

Jan said...

Nic - me again. You need to look at my blog coz you've been TAGGED!!

Aran said...

i love that top photo... so much texture!!! a big yay for this one!

Pilar - Lechuza said...

Delicious and fresh, that's all I can say!!
Regards from Spain

LyB said...

Beautiful Nic! I love coffee, this is perfect for those days when it's just too hot for a cup of joe!

Ann said...

I need that for breakfast! :-)

I love granita because I can actually think about making it without agonizing over whether or not to buy an ice cream maker.

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Coffee & Vanilla said...

Wow, coffee granita! What a great idea... especially now during those hot days... I will be making one tomorrow :))))) Thank you!

Margot

Alfie said...

Fabulous granita Nic! what a brilliant change from the usual fruity ones, and gorgeous photo too.

Mansi Desai said...

Ooh boy! another cool recipe from your repertoire:) I coudl just top this with some actual ice cream, how about mocha-almond??:)

Bellini Valli said...

Woo Hoo!!! This sounds like one to be bookmarked. It sounds very refreshing for these hot summer days coming up!

manju said...

I used to make this a lot, but mine never looked this good!! Fab job!

Jeanne said...

OK, still waiting for the hot days...! :o)

Luckily granita and ice cream are dishes that really aren't weather dependent - I could eat them even in arctic temperatures! I don't know why I have never made granita. Oh yes, now I rememebr, beause I never have room in my freezer to squeeze in even a mouse! Next time I take out somethign fairly large, I must remember to make this and pounce on the available freezer space as it sounds heavenly. Love that first pic!

farida said...

Such a refreshing granita! I have never made granitas, what a shame:) You truly inpired me. I will try my hands at them one day soon:)