I can’t think of anything better to have on a scorching hot day then a Lemon Granita (ok and also gelato!). The lemon flavoured icy is so light & refreshing that it adds a real spring to your step.
Granita is an Italian-style semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and flavouring – usually fruits (such as lemon, strawberry) & coffee, and it has a coarser, crystalline (crushed ice) texture. Originally from Sicily but can be found all over Italy.
Granita differs from a sorbet which is more a smooth, creamy frozen dessert. The main differences in these two ices (which contain basically the same ingredients) lies in the freezing method, the amount of sugar you use in proportion to the liquid in the recipe, and the texture in the finished product. Sorbet, prepared with a relatively high proportion of sugar to liquid, and frozen in a conventional ice cream maker, has a creamy, smooth almost ice cream-like consistency. Whereas, a granita has less sugar to liquid, is frozen in a container in the freezer and is raked with a fork about every 30 minutes to yield large, coarse ice crystals.
I remember eating lemon granita as a child all through summer and then as an adult on holiday in Sicily – just heavenly! The lemon flavour is intense (in a good way) as you use both the zest and juice of lemons. It is tart and sweet at the same time; a perfect combination. Additionally, I love the coffee flavoured granita (equally easy to prepare).
So easy to make – you’ll be surprised and takes no time at all. You are going to love this one!
I can’t think of anything better to have on a scorching hot day then a Lemon Granita. The lemon flavoured icy is so light & refreshing that it adds a real spring to your step.
5 minPrep Time
2 minCook Time
4 hrTotal Time
150g Castor Sugar
4 -5 each Lemons, finely grated zest and juice
- Place the sugar in a heavy-based saucepan with 800ml water over low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Add the lemon juice and zest and stir. Pour into a large, shallow container and cover with lid. Place in the freezer for 1 hour.
- Then remove from the freezer and, using a fork, break up any crystals that form.
- Repeat step 3 every 30-40mins. The granite will be ready to serve after 3 to 4 hrs.
- Serve spooned into glasses.