A while ago on the Sundays with Joy facebook group they made espresso granita with sweet lemon cream. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like coffee, so I really didn’t want to make it as well its coffee flavoured. However I did play around and make granita based on a cocktail I had recently had. At the time I didn’t blog about it as it was the middle of winter and I had a couple of other posts on the go.
Well Summer’s got off to an early start here, cue ridiculous heat and some humidity. So I thought it might be time to revisit it. Its prefect for summer as its cold, icy and refreshing. It’s also really really really easy to make. You are pretty much mixing a few liquid ingredients, freezing then topping with some whipped cream sweetened with lemon infused sugar.
It’d be a delightful dinner party desert and its easy put sounds really fancy.
I’m giving you a recipe but I suggested tasting it and adding more of less of the ingredients to taste
2 types of vodka (winner) plus the always fancy sounding elderflower cordial are amongst the ingredients
Pear and Vanilla Vodka Granita with sweetened lemon scented cream recipe adapted from Joy The Baker Cook Book
2 cups warm water
70ml of pear vodka
30ml of vanilla vodka
50 ml elderflower cordial
30ml lemon juice
1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups cream
3 tbls sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
In a glass bowl dissolve sugar in water, leave to cool for a bit
Add vodkas, elderflower cordial and lemon juice, mix taste and adjust if required.
Put in freezer, after 1 hour take out and scrape and break up with a fork (what you don’t want to happen is for it to freeze into a solid mass, which is probably unlikely with all the vodka), put back in freezer. After 30 mins take out and scrap with fork again. Leave 3-4 hours until frozen into flaky crystals.
Once it’s all frozen and flaky, it can stay like this for a few day.
When ready to serve, put sugar into mortar and pestle with lemon zest, lightly pound together to release oils form lemon.
Whipped cream for 1 min, then add sugar, keep whipping until peaks form.
fill glasses with granita, and top with dollop of lemon scented cream.
Enjoy on a hot night.