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Easy Coffee Granita

My grandfather was a big fan of a coffee granita, and this recipe was created to honor him! This refreshing dessert was one of his favorite things to eat on a hot day in Capri. It really is the perfect treat on a warm day - the icy texture of the granita with a strong coffee flavor paired with freshly whipped cream is just wonderful. 

Even better? This is so easy to make. Just mix up some coffee, sugar, a pinch of salt and vanilla (or you can use a flavored coffee syrup, if you like - hazelnut would be fun!) and let it freeze. Scrape up the frozen bits after 2 hours, then freeze again - scrape again after a final 2 hours, and it's done. You can make a big batch and keep it in your freezer, too... you'll be thankful for it on a hot day!

Another fun spin on this recipe is to drown the granita in some liqueur. Limoncello is delicious and gives it even more of a refreshing flavor, but something like Amaretto would be absolutely divine too!

Easy Coffee Granita
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Easy Coffee Granita

Category

Dessert

Servings

6

Prep Time

10 minutes

Calories

203

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm coffee
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream (lightly sweetened, for serving, optional)
  • Limoncello (for serving, optional)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, stir together the coffee, sugar, vanilla and salt until the sugar dissolves. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish and freeze for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and use a fork to scrape and stir any of the ice that has formed. Return to the freezer for another 2 hours and repeat. The granita is now ready to serve with a dollop of lightly sweetened cream or drowned in a 1/2 ounce shot of limoncello.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
203
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
18 grams
Protein
1 grams
Fat
15 grams
Saturated Fat
9 grams
Cholesterol
54 milligrams
Sodium
15 milligrams
Sugar
17 grams
Unsaturated Fat
5 grams

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