Granita di Caffè con Panna

Summer is flying by and I am feeling a little self-imposed pressure to get in all of the great Summer recipes I had planned on. I may not get them all in but it really would have been a shame if I didn’t make this espresso granita with whipped cream. This is a really great combination, with the sweet cream balancing out the intense coffee flavor.  In my Granita di Limone post I mentioned how in Sicily they have granita for breakfast, but this makes for an awesome dessert too. Or, try it on a hot day instead of an iced coffee, I think you will find it is much more refreshing.

Granita di Caffè con Panna Recipe
 
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup freshly brewed espresso
  • 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Combine water and ½ cup of the sugar sugar in a small sauce pan over low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved, making a simple syrup. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir the freshly brewed espresso into the simple syrup.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a flat metal pan and pace in the freezer. Every 30 minutes take the mixture out and stir it up with a fork, breaking up any ice crystals that form. Do this for 3-4 hours. As the mixture gets more frozen you will be scraping the ice with the fork to mix it up.
  4. If you want a granita that is more slushy to be eaten immediately, stop after 3 hours. If you want one that is more granular that will store for a couple of days in the freezer go to 4 hours scraping the frozen mixture with the fork to create ice crystals.
  5. Combine the heavy cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar in a large bowl and beat until soft peaks form.
  6. Place a little of the whipped cream in the bottom of a serving glass, spoon the granita in, then top with a lot more whipped cream.

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