Friday, April 17, 2015

Granita

The months are getting warmer, so it's time to break this bad boy out again.

Granita is Italian ice served chunky.  You can do a lot with it, but it is not healthy at all, not even a little.  It's sugar water.  Accept it. Embrace it.  It is, however, very easy to make with the least amount of evil stuff possible.



You need:
2 BIG ice cube trays
2 cups water
1 cup sugar (white or cane, granulated)
1 cup juice (I used V8 Fusion Cranberry Blackberry to get rid of it, and a smidgen of lemon juice for this batch).
  1. Mix sugar and water together until completely dissolved in a medium sized saucepan. Then DO NOT STIR AGAIN.
  2. On stove top, bring to boil.  Once it begins to boil, boil for 5 minutes exactly.
  3. Take off heat and add the juice. I SAID, DO NOT STIR AGAIN!
  4. Pour mixture in ice cube trays (I used my measuring glass with it's nice little spout to keep the mess down) and let freeze 3-5 hours minimum.
  5. Pop out cubes into container, mash with a fork or potato masher a few cubes at a time as needed.
The size pictured is 6 ice cubes crushed in a ziploc twist n loc and is actually a bit much for one sitting.  I'll probably do 4 next time.

Makes 4 servings at about 200 calories each, or 8 at roughly 100 calories each. And hey, because I used V8, we got some vitamins and servings of veggies and fruits.

Some notes:
  • You really really don't want to use the very brown sugars for this one.  The molasses does something funny.
  • Nectars don't seem to work well, and leave only a hint of flavoring.
  • Will work for popsicles, but small ones recommended-melts faster than store bought.