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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Espresso Granita

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
This isn’t exactly a beverage, well it starts as one, and then you freeze it so I guess it qualifies. It's an Italian tradition.

1 1/2 cups very strong Espresso
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup cold, sweetened, whipped cream

Brew the espresso and dissolve the tablespoon of sugar into it while it's still hot, then let cool. Now pour the coffee into ice cube trays but do not fill more than 1/2 inch deep (this will let it freeze faster). You can do this way ahead of time. When ready to serve, throw the coffee cubes into the food processor and pulse till you made fine crystals. Now quickly put the granita into cups and top with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream (or add some Rum to whipped cream). Voila!