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Granita di Caffe con Panna (Italian Coffee Granita)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"You are sure to see people enjoying coffee granita if you visit Sicily during the summer months. Here's the recipe so you can make it at home. It's very easy to do but requires a lot of freezing so best to prepare in advance. It's usually served with whipped cream both at the bottom and on top of the glass, alongside a sweet brioche roll. You can store in the freezer for a few days, just make sure to stir well before serving."
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3 h 30 m servings 107
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan; simmer until a candy thermometer reads 250 degrees F (120 degrees C), about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat; add coffee and vanilla extract. Pour into a metal bowl and mix well. Cool granita mixture to room temperature, about 10 minutes. Freeze for 1 hour.
  3. Stir the granita vigorously to break up ice crystals. Repeat freezing and breaking up process 4 to 5 more times, 2 to 2 1/2 hours total.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of whipped cream into 4 short glasses. Divide granita mixture evenly among the glasses. Top with remaining whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 107 calories; 3.3 18.7 0.6 11 23 Full nutrition

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I had never had this before and I loved it! So refreshing!

Awesome! Just like in Sicily. The quality and water/coffee ratio is key here. Thank you for the recipe.