Granita sounds fancy but it is just shaved ice made with either fruit or fruit juice. I made mine with kiwi and green grapes and got the idea from Christine Cushing. This granita is tart with a bit of sweetness and tons of flavour! The great thing about a granita is it is a cold dessert that does not use an ice cream maker. You will need a food processor for this granita though!
Next time I make this dessert (and I will, I loved it that much) I will take out the inside core of the kiwis. It added a little texture to the granita which I found destracting but still, so good! No real complaints here. I peeled the kiwi with a veggie peeler because they were very firm (and on sale, that is why I picked this recipe) and cut off the tops. The food processor makes this recipe so effortless to make:
Look at all that green! So fresh and healthy, OK, maybe not with the sugar but this recipe only calls for 1/3 cup of sugar. Most of the flavour comes from the fruit, the apple juice and the lemon juice.
You need to use a long shallow pan because this helps it freeze quickly.
You are getting a sneak peek in my highly cluttered freezer! One day I will have a deep freeze, can’t wait. Anyway, make sure there is nothing underneath it so it lies flat to avoid potential mess. You could always do a smaller version of the recipe and use mini casserole dishes instead to save on space.
After being in the freezer an hour, take out the granita and drag a fork through it. You do not want a solid block of frozen fruit with juice. You want to make beautiful flaky ice! Put it back in the freezer and then every half hour drag your fork through the granita. When you like the consistency you can stop and let it freeze. I usually move it from the freezer to the fridge when I am ready to serve dinner. By the time dinner is over that has taken the edge off the granita and helped it loosen up again:
Deliciously divine! My husband thinks it is one of the weirdest desserts I have made but absolutely adores how healthy it is. This is a perfect low-energy, low-effort summer dessert. Once I get tired of just having it like this, I love to use it as a replacement for ice cubes in a drink or add it to a smoothie.