Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
I love ice cream. It is creamy. It is awesome. It is something that should never be kept in our house! (See the first three sentences for the reason why). But as we get into the warmer months it is so nice to have a cold dessert for a treat. Enter granita. Granita is a semi-frozen dessert very similar to Sorbet and Italian Ice. It is cool and refreshing and has just the right amount of sweetness to curb my ice cream cravings. Plus, and even more importantly, it makes for a wonderful dessert to be served to guests.
The process is easy but it does take a bit of time. Plan on making it a day that you will be around for a good chuck of time. Then serve it later, or the next day while entertaining.
Meyer Lemon Granita — inspired by Cooking Light Magazine and Alton Brown, Good Eats
Combine the first five ingredients in a freezer safe container (that has a lid). Stir until the sugar dissolves.
Put lid on the container and place in the freezer.
Keep in the freezer for 4-5 hours. Every hour, take the container out and scrap with a fork. This brings up any ice crystals that are forming. Repeat this every hour until mixture is thoroughly frozen. Once frozen, fluff with a fork and leave an extra half an hour.
Use a ice cream scoop to serve in dishes. Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.