Orange or Lemon Granita/Granita d'Arancia
Granita is a partially frozen slush that Italians love usually made with a variety of citrus or coffee flavors. The name comes from grana which means grainy since this is a slushy and not smooth mixture. It is a refreshing end to a meal.
Serves 4 to 6
- 4 large navel oranges plus one extra for garnish
- 1 large lemon
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- Pare the rind off the 4 oranges and lemon and try not to take the pith. Set aside.
- Juice the oranges and lemon and set aside.
- Heat the sugar and water in a medium size heavy duty sauce pan over low heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Raise the heat and bring to a boil without stirring for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is syrupy.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the orange and lemon rinds. Cover and cool.
- Strain the syrup into a shallow rectangular casserole type dish. Add the fruit juice. Stir to mix well then freeze for 4 hours until slushy.
- Remove the dish from the freezer and mix with a fork; then return to freezer and freeze again for 4 hours or until almost solid. Let stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes, then scoop into parfait glasses.
- For decoration strip another orange and cut peel into thin strips and place over granita. Or add an orange wedge at the side of the glass.
- Note: Any mix of citrus will work in this recipe. Mix and match or stick to your favorite flavor; they are all delicious and refreshing!
This recipe was featured on Season 21 - Episode 2124.
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