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Tuesday 14 April 2015

Granita di Caffè con Panna "Ti Amo"

I love making my own granitas with various flavours; such as Red Wine Granita, Strawberry & Chardonnay Granita, Rose Granita, Raspberry Granita, Plum Granita, Rambutan Granita, Roselle Granita and a classic Coffee Granita, Sicilian style! I really enjoy mixing those lovely ingredients, available in the kitchen e.g. Thai herbs & spices, red wine, white wine, rose, strong coffee, earl grey, honey as well as seasonal fruits. 
A syrup with a rich flavor is essential to make tasteful granita with a perfect combination of fruit juice, fruit puree, or wine is used with, or instead of, water. Herbs and spices can give crunchy ices interesting flavour twists, while aromatic teas such as jasmine or earl grey can be used to make refreshing light granitas. My most favourite of all is strong and sweet espresso coffee granita (Granita di Caffè), serve with fresh whipped cream, Sicilian style!
Espresso Granita , Sicilian style (Granita di Caffè con Panna)
...made y'day for my own pleasure! ...I sometimes substitute caramel sugar with homemade ginger syrup which gives a pleasantly delightful taste and exotic yet well-married blend to my taste bud & tummy! :)
...Granite (plural for granita) are the quintessential Sicilian breakfast, especially in summertime....and my most fav. of all is strong yet sweet Espresso Granita, s/w whipped cream (Panna Montata) and a freshly-baked (traditional) round (dinner rolls-sized) brioche (a.k.a Panino al latte), with a little extra ball of dough on the top & a hint of orange...hmmmm
another yum-mi-li-cious idea for coffee lovers:
it's layered espresso granita with bigger portion !!!
Granita di Caffè (from Rosemary and Bitter Oranges, by Patrizia Chen):
4 cups Strong Coffee
1 cup hot water
Caster sugar or Caramel Coffee sugar (measurement as per your taste)
2 cups Heavy Cream or whipping cream
  • Combine coffee and water, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour the coffee mixture into a stainless steel container. Freeze for about 30 minutes, or until firm. 
  • Remove from the freezer, using fork to crush the ice crystals. Return to the freezer; Repeat this process several times, until the mixture is sorbet-like in small crystals. (The mixture can be frozen and scrapped off in crystals when it is served.) 
  • Whip the cream until soft peak form. 
  • Scrap the coffee granita into crystals and spoon them into the chilled glasses. 
  • Serve with whipped cream and dust with a pinch of cinnamon powder on top, if desired.

Portions of granita should be modest, so small glasses are ideal. 
Chill serving glasses in advance. 
If possible, frost them in the freezer. 
Granita di Caffè con Panna (crème chantilly) 
and Sicilian's Lemon & Orange Bread are Match Made in Heaven!!!

Listening to the God Father’s Sicilian love songs as background music, 
with sepia flashback of Michael (Al Pacino), wandering around with his Sicilian bodyguards 
and found the love of his life, Apollonia hmmmm what else would one ask for?....:)
"I think you got hit by the thunderbolt!!!"
In Napoli or Sicily! ;) where love is king, when boy meets girl... here's what they say... 
When the moon hits your eyes, like a big pizza pie, that’s Amore. When the World seems to shine, 
like you've had too much wine, that's Amore!!!

Did you know ... that today is International Moment of Laughter Day?
The objective of this day is to get people to laugh, and to laugh more often.
To celebrate this special day, simply tell jokes or do funny things that cause people to laugh.
Not a smile, but pure, whole-hearted laughter!
...Oh how I love it...and so do my niece & nephew! kiki emoticon


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