When I first had granita it reminded me of "Gola" - a popular street dessert/snack in India. The difference being, for Gola you shave the ice and then flavor the ice using artificial sweet syrups/flavors whereas for granitas you create the granular ice from the flavor/syrup itself and is much more healthier.
If you are lucky to find juicy and sweet oranges you could make this dessert without adding sugar keeping it all natural. I like my granita to be sweet and sour. So I like to balance the sweet and tanginess from the orange with a bit of tartness from the lemons. But its totally upto your taste and could skip it too.
Now to the recipe...
Ingredients: (Serves 2-3)
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I used about 3 and half oranges)
1- 2 tbsp lemon juice (or to taste)
1 -2 tbsp simple syrup or sugar (to taste)
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp orange zest (optional)
Few mint leaves for garnishing
Wash the oranges thoroughly. In a clean container grate half an orange to get the zest and then juice the oranges. Allow the juice and the zest to sit for about 5-10 mins (marinating) and then strain the juice along with the zest into a freezer safe container (i used 5X7 glass container). Taste the juice to understand the level of sourness and sweetness. Based on that go ahead and add the lemon juice,simple syrup and salt. Mix everything well and place the container in the freezer.
- To make simple syrup add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water in a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Stir occasionally. Switch off and then let it cool. It stays good for couple of days in refrigerator and is handy for making lemonades and granitas.
- The wider the container the better as it help in freezing faster and uniformly.
- Fresh orange juice can vary in taste so it always advisable to taste and then add the lemon and sugar as required. The above ratio mentioned worked well with the oranges I used.
- I usually don't cover my freezer safe container during the making process. I cover once its done and ready to be stored.
That's it, out Citrusy and fancy yet easy to make Orange Granita is ready. Serve this dessert right out of the freezer and Enjoy.