Coffee granita – frozen sweetened coffee with a texture similar to a snow cone. Top it with whipped cream and a little chocolate or have it plain for a fat-free dessert.
I’m not much of a coffee drinker. I tell my friends it’s all about ratio and proportion. If the amount of cream and sugar far exceeds the amount of coffee, I’m good with it. That’s why I love coffee ice-cream and Cambodian iced-coffee but hate regular coffee.
I was flipping though a cookbook of frozen desserts, wishing I had my ice-cream maker with me here when I stumbled upon this recipe.
Having never heard of granitas, I looked it up and found that they are a traditional Mexican dessert. Unlike the photo in the book which showed the plain version, Mexicans like whipped cream and chocolate on theirs.
Now we’re talking. Real coffee drinkers can easily reduce the sugar in this recipe to their tastes or leave it out altogether (Why?).
Some of you may be thinking why does Gail have coffee when she doesn’t drink coffee? Good question. I recently visited some coffee plantations in Northern Cambodia. I bought coffee to give to friends and neighbors so I opened one of the packages to make this coffee granita (sorry Becky).
And, coffee granita doesn’t require an ice-cream machine. This also means it’s a little labor intensive because you have to stir the freezing liquid every few hours to get the little bits of ice.
If you do it right, it’s actually a bit between shaved ice and snow cone. What happens if you do it wrong? Well, I have a little firsthand experience with that. As I was making these, I had to leave for several hours out at the slushy stage. By the time I got home, my containers were frozen solid.
I left them on the kitchen counter until they melted enough to break the big pieces up, then put them back in the freezer, and started from there.
Unlike ice-cream, coffee granita refreezes pretty well. If you have a strong enough blender, you could probably freeze the coffee in ice-cube trays, blend, and then put in the freezer and stir for the last few cycles.