GranitaGranita is a icy frozen mixture -- traditionally made of coffee. To make, coffee or other ingredients are poured into a large shallow pan then frozen. To serve you use the tines of a fork to scrape the mixture up and place in goblets which creates kind of a cross between a slushy and a sorbet.
Article by: Barbara Bowman
History Of Granita
According to Alan Davidson in the Oxford Companion to Food, (Oxford University Press:Oxford) the appearance of "water ices" is documented to have taken place in Europe in the 17th century around the same time as ice cream. There is some undocumented conjecture that Marco Polo returned to Venice from China in the 13th century and introduced ice cream or water ices to Italy. Further it is not known for sure if water ices were first found in Spain or in Italy. In any event the mixture seemed to have migrated to London at some later, undocumented time.
Granita is akin to but not quite the same as sorbet. The difference being sorbets tend to be smoother and less granular in texture. Both are made with water, a flavoring such as fruit juice or coffee and typically sweetened with sugar.
Forms And Uses Of Granita
Granita is typically eaten as a refreshing and light dessert. They can also be used in the same way as one would a sorbet, between meal courses to "cleanse the palate".
Granita is served in a myriad of flavors from the more traditional coffee to more exotic such as pineapple or champagne.
Traditional Vietnamese Coffee is made by filtering dark roast coffee directly in a glass. Sweetened condensed milk is then poured in the coffee and mixed. It is served both hot and iced. This frozen version is a simple coffee granita served with sweetened condensed milk.
Vietnamese Coffee Granita
2 tablespoons sugar
3 cups hot brewed French Roast coffee
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk.
Stir sugar and coffee until sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a 8 x 13" glass baking dish. Freeze at least 3 hours or up to 8 hours.
Before dinner, scrape frozen coffee into shavings using a fork. When ready to serve spoon coffee shavings into serving dishes. Serve with condensed milk drizzled over top.
A variety of machines are available for
making granita in large quantities. On the most part they are used commercially
but they can be rented or purchased for home use or parties. Some sellers
promote using the machines for making "frozen margaritas" as well. Here are a
FoodTv - recipe for Affogato, espresso over iced cream and whipped cream.
Sells packaged granita mixes and granita machines
Sells granita mixes in fruit, vanilla and coffee flavors
A full line of mixes. Site offers a page of recipe suggestions as well.
Recommends but does not sell equipment