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The solar is shining, temperatures are rising, and there’s just one factor on my thoughts: granita. The Sicilian semi-frozen dessert is someplace between a slushy and a sno-cone, which is a really scrumptious place to be. Better of all, there’s no ice cream maker (or different fancy gear) required.
Granita may be made by freezing nearly any liquid (keep away from high-alcohol booze, which has a decrease freezing level) and periodically fluffing the forming ice crystals with a fork. There’s the classics: granita al limone, made with sweetened lemon juice, and granita di caffè, which crowns potent icy espresso with delicate whipped cream. I really like all of them, however proper now, hibiscus granita is my plain favourite.
I first made the sweet-tart, floral-in-a-great means dessert final summer time, coming off a wildly profitable streak of creating granita by mixing and freezing any luscious summer time fruits readily available. I had already eaten my weekly quota of watermelon and strawberries, so I raided my pantry for concepts and located inspiration within the type of Alaya Tea’s distinctive hibiscus tea, comprised of natural flowers harvested in Uttar Pradesh. I had already been utilizing the tea to make drinks like Mexican agua de jamaica and Jamaican sorrel—why not freeze it for granita? I added citrus to double down on the tangy hibiscus and ginger and dried chile to stability the sweetness with a bit of warmth. After a couple of hours of freezing and scraping, I had a deeply purple, gently fiery granita. It’s dreamy served with a dollop of softly whipped cream—and devilish with a mezcal float.
Right here’s how to make hibiscus granita:
Mix ¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers,1” ginger, grated, 2 cups water, 1 Tbsp. honey, and a pinch of salt to a small saucepan. Carry to a boil over excessive warmth then cut back warmth to preserve a simmer for five–8 minutes, till the flowers look plump and hydrated. Add 1 tsp. vanilla, ½ tsp. dried Urfa Biber or Aleppo-style pepper, and the juice of half a grapefruit then let the tea sit off warmth for one more 5 minutes to let the hibiscus steep (or longer when you’d prefer it much more concentrated). Pressure right into a 9×7” or 8×8” cold-safe baking dish and style a small spoonful to guarantee it’s hitting the perfect stability of candy and tart, whisking in additional honey or your most popular sweetener if wanted. Place within the freezer.
Use a fork to scrape up the frozen bits each 20 minutes or so till the entire dish is frozen, about two hours. Use the again of a fork to smash any massive chunks into granita smithereens, then use the tines to fluff it up. Serve a heaping pile in a small bowl, ramekin, or cocktail glass. I like to high mine with torn mint leaves, Tajin or Urfa Biber pepper, and citrus zest. If I’m feeling celebratory, I add softly whipped cream or typically a splash of mezcal (however some other booze, like rum, would work properly).
It’s the right dessert for day-of dinner plans, afternoon sugar cravings, and every little thing in between…so long as you’ve two hours to (actually) chill at residence. After all, this recipe is only a jumping-off level into the granita galaxy. Add complete spices like cinnamon or cardamom because the tea simmers; swap grapefruit juice for any citrus. Stir in chopped mint or rose water! Observe your cravings—and don’t overlook it within the freezer.