March 03, 2011

Cafe Au Lait Granita

Since I have yet to purchase an ice cream maker I've resorted to making granitas. These warm and beautifully sunny days have me wanting frozen treats. I really wanted a Coffee and Almond Milk Granita but since I didn't have any almonds or enough sugar that was a no go.

I searched, MyRecipes, and found a recipe for Cafe Au Lait Granita. Nothing more than coffee, milk, and sugar all combined together and then froze and shaved with a fork to make granita flakes. Easy enough, all ingredients on hand, and that makes for a perfect recipe to make.

My love for coffee and it's presence in this frozen treat made for one tasty treat while I basked in the sun and watched itty bitty enjoy and his bestest little buddy run around and play together.

One change I would recommend making is reducing the amount of milk in the original recipe to half the amount. I like a stronger coffee taste and reducing the amount of milk would do that. and Cooking Light, July 1997
Makes 2 Quarts (Serving size = 1 cup)

Stars of the Show:
  • 3 cups hot strong brewed coffee - I used a Gingerbread Coffee from Trader Joe's my mama got me for Christmas.
  • 3 cups 1% milk - I used nonfat milk. Next time I would cut this amount in half for a stronger coffee taste.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
And Action:

Click here for the original recipe's directions. I didn't see the point in making more dishes dirty than needed. If you don't like doing dishes you can follow my method.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved. Freeze for 4 hours.

Take a fork and start shaving through the ice to create large granita flakes. Repeat this step every 30 minutes until the liquid is completely frozen.

10 minutes before serving let it sit out and then serve into individual bowls.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 89 (10% from fat)

Fat: 1g (sat 0.6g,mono 0.3g,poly 0.0g)

Protein: 3.1g

Carbohydrate: 17.2g

Fiber: 0.0g

Cholesterol: 4mg

Iron: 0.4mg

Sodium: 48mg

Calcium: 114mg


Lick My Spoon said...

I recently made a lime and strawberry granita and they are so super simple to make. Loved it although very ard to photograph as it kept melting on me!

Pretend Chef said...

Lick My Spoon - That sounds so refreshing! I would love to have some of that once the rain stops and the sun warms everything up again.

Ang said...

Totally my kind of Granita! Strong coffee in little ice chip form, yes.....this would be wonderful.

Pretend Chef said...

Ang - Half the amount of milk and this would be perfect. 1 to 1 ratio of coffee to milk doesn't produce a very strong coffee taste. I really like to taste the coffee too.

Angie said...

Yum! I am on the search for a good icecream maker too! What a great idea to replace one!

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