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Super Fast & Fresh Frozen Treats: Grape Granitas

At the age of 15, I discovered the food processor. You could hear me at all hours of the day, whirring and blending, chopping and slicing with this delightful little machine. There’s just no end to what you can do with it. I love it for making hummus, pestos, slicing veggies. But the real secret is that this fabulous little thing makes perfect granitas. If you remember to put a bunch of grapes in the freezer the night before, you’ll be whipping up these two frozen desserts in no time.

Cinnamon-Ginger Grape Granita

This recipe is super-fast and really refreshing. I love the spiciness of the ginger and cinnamon and the sweet, childlike flavor of the grapes. Experiment with different grapes (there’s a variety called “Autumn Spice” that would work particularly well).

Ingredients

4 cups seedless red grapes, destemmed, frozen overnight

1 tsp cinnamon

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 tsp ground ginger

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1. Defrost the grapes slightly by running cold water over them for one minute or so. Drain.

2. Put the grapes, sugar and spices in the food processor and process until smooth.

Serve!

Cinnamon-Basil Grape Granita


This recipe is particularly pretty, with green and red flecks. Serve immediately so that the granita doesn’t melt! This serves 8 people for dessert or 4 people as a snack.

Ingredients

4 cups seedless red grapes, destemmed, frozen overnight

1 tsp cinnamon

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

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1. Defrost the grapes slightly by running cold water over them for one minute or so. Drain.

2. Put the grapes, sugar, cinnamon and basil in the food processor and process until smooth.

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Posted by on February 20, 2009 in Ice Creams and Frozen Desserts

 

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We all scream for (gourmet homemade) ice cream

My sister gave me a wonderful book for Christmas with recipes for sorbets, ice creams, granitas and frozen desserts appropriately called “Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts” by Peggy Fallon. My favorite recipe thus far (and my boyfriend concurs) is this recipe for cinnamon basil ice cream. The basil flavor is very subtle, but fragrant and delicate on the tongue. I lightened up the recipe a little bit, using half-and-half instead of whole cream, but the result is still rich and sumptuous.

Cinnamon Basil Ice Cream

2 1/2 cups whole milk

1 bunch basil, well-rinsed

1 cinnamon stick

4 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups half-and-half

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1. Bring the milk to a simmer in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the basil and the cinnamon stick, cover, and remove from the heat. Let steep for 15 minutes, then strain through a sieve, pressing down on the basil to extract all of the liquid.

2. Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the cinnamon basil-flavored milk. Return to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula or a wooden spoon until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon (170-175 degrees F).

3. Immediately pour the custard back into the mixing bowl and let cool in the refrigerator, until the custard is very cold. Whisk in the half-and-half.

4. Pour the mixture into the canister of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the ice cream to a covered container and freeze until it is firm enough to scoop (at least three hours or overnight).

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2009 in Ice Creams and Frozen Desserts

 

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