Real Italian Ice (Fresh Berry Granita)
Granite are scraped ices. They are somewhat similar in icy texture to a sno-kone. These are made by hand. Also since most Granite do not contain dairy products, most are nonfat.
Properly made, granita consists of tiny, individual, shimmering crystals of flavored ice. With so little sugar and no dairy, granite should taste of fruit or espresso. The trick is to distill the essence of the fruit into the frozen ice.
Press teh mixture through a fine sieve to remove any skins or seeds.
Sweeten with 1/3 cup sugar or to taste.
Place the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Put pan back into the freezer for another 30 minutes.
Repeat this scraping process every 30 minutes or so until the mixture is frozen and a bit creamy.
About 3 hours total.
Scoop the crystals into individual serving bowls or goblets and serve immediately.
Some combinations would be:
Espresso Granita: 2 c brewed espresso with 1/4 c sugar. Add a tbsp or so of your favorite liqueur optional
Caffe Latte Granita: Combine 1/2 c espresso with 1 c milk and 1/4 c sugar.
Lemon Granita: Combine 1/2 c freshly squeezed lemon juice with 1 1/2 c cold water, 1/2 c sugar and a tsp or so of grated lemon zest.
Orange or Pink Grapefruit Granita: 1 1/2 C freshly squeezed orange or pink grapefruit juice with 1/2 c cold water, 1/3 c sugar, and a tsp or so of grated orange or grapefruit zest.
You can use strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, watermelon, peaches and more..as I said, the sky is the limit!