Monday, July 09, 2007

Espresso Granita

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I’ve just missed a deadline. Yesterday was the last day for entries for Hay Hay it’s Donna Day, hosted this month by Laura of Eat Drink Live. Between work and the weekend it sneakily slipped by me (naughty, naughty) without my noticing. That doesn’t mean I hadn’t planned to make something to fall under Laura’s refreshing theme for this round – sorbets.

The only hitch was the small (tiny really) fact that I don’t own an ice cream maker.

Sigh…my longing for an ice cream maker has grown from an easily ignorable little itch, to a full-on, sirens-blazing pandemic. It’s getting harder and harder to breeze by the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment unaffected. To add fuel to the already towering inferno, C-who-doesn’t-really-eat-sweets declares, “Of course I’ll eat ice cream

But I’ve also got my eye on a Dutch oven and methinks it’ll have to be one or the other…

So unless Santa comes to town early I will have to stick to something a tad easier…a granita. Now what exactly is the difference between a granita and a sorbet. I checked here and here, and I think the main difference is the texture: a granita being more crystal-y and a sorbet being creamier. The sorbets also seem to lean more towards fruity. I would have loved to make some kind of tropical mango or coconut sorbet (buko sherbet…mmm!), but the weather has been so strange lately -- hot and sticky one minute, then rainy and wet the next – that I was in no mood for a sunny tropical treat. I opted instead for something icy and strong…and easier to make without gadgets: an Espresso Granita.

I found this recipe in my copy of Entertaining by Donna Hay…so I’m still keeping with the spirit, if not with the deadline. I did try to make this like a sorbet and whip the coffee mixture in a metal bowl at intervals between freezings, as opposed to scraping with a fork in a pan. I think the composition is too different from a sorbet though, so it still ended up granita-ish more than sorbet-esque.

Espresso Granita
(adapted from Entertaining by Donna Hay – I halved the recipe)

  • 1 ½ cups hot water
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup freshly brewed strong espresso

- Place the water, sugar, and coffee in a saucepan over low heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
- Pour into a metal bowl and let cool. Cover and place in the freezer for 3 hours or until half-frozen and icy. Beat well with a wire whisk to break up the ice crystals. Return to freezer.
- Remove from freezer after 1-2 hours and beat again. Do this about 2 to 3 more times.

This is oh-so-very the thing to have on a hot afternoon! The coffee flavor was too strong for C but just right for me. I would love to serve this after a long and heavy Sunday lunch as a light cap. Or even after a quickly thrown together weekday dinner with friends. It’s light on the tummy, strong on the coffee (well, depends how strong your brew is), and cool on the palate – a perfect way to end a meal with finesse! Or to keep cool on a day when you can’t make heads or tails of the weather…

34 comments:

Ipshi said...

How easy and refreshing it sounds!! u make everything look so amazing and easily makeable (if thats a word!)
it also seems like an great and different way to get the very-needed caffeine kick!!

Pille said...

Joey - that espresso granita sounds perfect - I wonder if I could have one for breakfast instead of the regular coffee? Especially now, during the summer?
(PS Hope you'll get your KA ice cream attachment soon:)

christine said...

Ooh la la granita! Mila told me about this! It sounds easy enough, was it? Yes, yes, please make some for one of those "weekday dinners with friends". :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ipshi! Thanks :) It is easy! You just have to keep going back into the freezer and whipping it up...something which made my poor out of shape arms ache...and yes, a great way vary your coffee intake! Heehee :)

Hi Pille! For breakfast in the summer sounds like a great time to have this :) And with regards to the ice cream maker attachment...Santa, I hope you are listening!

Hey Nens! Yes, I tricked her into trying some, hehehe :) It is very easy, you just have to deal with breaking it up at intervals, nothing to skill-testing ;) Sure! We can definitely do something about a weekday dinner with friends :)

bea at la tartine gourmande said...

Lovely picture! Looks definitely refreshing!

katrina said...

That sounds just perfect for the weather we've been having! I love coffee granitas...well, coffee anything, actually. Though, I'm still unsure I'd enjoy the Italian way of eating granitas in bread. I don't think I'd like the bread getting all icy and soggy.

veron said...

joey, this coffee granita sounds so refreshing. And a pickme-upper on a hot hazy day!

Belinda said...

Espresso Granita sounds so perfect for a summer afternoon pick me up, and looks so elegant the way you have it photographed. You have a delightful flair for presentation. :-)

Susan said...

Oh, yum! This is the perfect summertime treat!

Kelly-Jane said...

That sounds so good for a nice hot day :)

Mae said...

Love the cup, Joey. I'm not a big fan of espresso but this sure looks refreshing that i might be persuaded! :)

M.Tan said...

Happily tricked! It was solid espresso in icy form. I could go for that every morning in the summer.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Bea! Thank you very much :)

Hi Katrina! I don't know if I would be able to enjoy this with bread either...now, dirty ice cream with bread, that's another story! :)

Hi Veron! Thanks :) Yes, when the day's hot, sometimes hot coffee just makes me lazier, hehe :)

Hi Belinda! Thanks a lot! :) Sometimes, even I (a rabid coffee-lover) have to admit, that it's too hot for a hot cup! :)

Hi Susan! Thanks! I agree...although we are, grudgingly, moving away from summer already over here...

Hi Kelly-jane! Thank you :) It works just as well for a hot night ;)

Hi Mae! If you use a milder brew the flavor will be less strong...and you can do a latte version (ideas!) :) Thanks...love that cup and saucer set too (it was a wedding gift)! :)

Hi Mila! Thanks! :) Small payment for a delicious lunch!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Well, I'm behind my reading Joey!
This really interests me. I love coffee and coffee yogurt.
I'm right with you & the hot and humid and then raining stuff. 44 days of rain in Dallas and now everyother day without but with incredible humidity!
It is giving me thoughts of frozen coffee yogurt!

Barbara said...

It looks wonderful Joey. I'm sure Laura will accept a late entry from you.THanks for participating.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tanna! If you do give that frozen coffee yogurt a try let me know...sounds delicious! :)

Hi Barbara! Thanks :) Yes, Laura quickly replied to my plea...heehee :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

That book is fantastic, Joey, and I think you chose a great recipe!
It looks delicious and refreshing!

ParisBreakfasts said...

I've had these in Italy..
I forgot how easy they are to make!
Yummy looking

Mary said...

Your espresso granita sounds so simple and easy. It's a perfect summer dessert!

Franco said...

Hi Joey,

We were luck to get an ice cream maker as a wedding present.

Life has not been the same since. :)

Get the ice cream maker!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Patricia! Thanks! :) I agree...I really like this book!

Thanks Carol! It was a pleasant surprise for me that they were really quite easy to make :)

Hi Mary! It is really easy to put together...and yes, great for the summer :)

Hi Franco! Lucky you! Oooh...now I'm really tempted! (especially after reading Ian's interview on your site!) :)

nicely said...

I'm dying to eat this one. Thanks for the informative article! Visit my food blog, too.

Foodfreak said...

makes me drool, I love your presentation, and I have to try this soon.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Nicely! Will check it out :)

Hi Foodfreak! Thanks! It's really easy :)

Inne said...

Yum! Looks absolutely delicious - especially for a coffee freak like me. Love your coffee cup presentation also.

kaoko said...

gawd, you know I've been lusting for an ice cream maker myself. Blame it on all those episodes of Iron Chef and a couple of livejournals I visit. I didn't know they had the Kitchenaid icecream maker attachment locally. May I know where you pass by it so longingly? ^_^;;

SteamyKitchen said...

I have never had bagnet before....::wishing i lived next door to u so i could sneak over and try::

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Inne! :) I am a coffee freak too...and these are my favorite cups :)

Hi Kaoko! Ok, nice to know I'm not alone in my desires :) I've seen them in Rustans department store home section, as well as in the KitchenAid authorized distributor in Park Square (where you can also get stuff like extra bowls, etc) :)

Hi Jaden! If you like pork and glorious fatty things and cofit-like crisp and goodness then you will like this :) I would definitely share some if you lived next door...perhaps in exchange for a scoop of white chocolate matcha ice cream? :)

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

That looks yummy, I think it's going to be making an appearance in my house since it's already too hot this summer.

Beautiful picture.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Sara! We are leaving our summer behind already...I hope you enjoy this granita along with your summer :)

Tartelette said...

Never too much coffee! Great picture and recipe!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Helen! Thank you...I agree, you can never have too much coffee ;)

Cenk said...

Hi Joey,
Your granita looks pretty good! I must say, if you win the prize you have got to buy an ice cream machine. David has amazing recipes in the book and it will be a shame to try the granitas only.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Cenk! Thanks! :) Oooh, I may just buy it anyway...I have seen so many of the recipes on blogs everywhere and each of them looks fantastic!