Chocolate Orange Granita

9 Mar

Granita, a delicious, shaved coffee icy of sorts, is commonplace in Italy – you see it in every gelato bar – but hard to find here in the States.  The good news is that, with few ingredients (coffee, sugar, water), it’s super easy to make.

The other day I was watching Food Network and Ina Garten made a chocolate sorbet that looked rich and amazing.  Somehow, despite the many random things we put on our registry, we didn’t register for an ice cream maker, so I couldn’t make that.  But, I figured I could make a chocolate granita, which would serve basically the same purpose.

This dessert takes two seconds to make (with some patience required for the mixture to freeze).  It’s light, where desserts are concerned, anyway, and super satisfying.  This is my chocolate orange granita, a twist on both traditional coffee granita and chocolate sorbet.

Chocolate Orange Granita

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of cocoa powder

2 cups of water

2-3 tablespoons of 2% milk

1 tablespoon of vanilla (homemade by msupermom, if you’re lucky!)

1-2 tablespoons of orange zest

2 teaspoons of cinnamon


Add sugar, cocoa powder, and water to a pot.  Turn heat to medium high.  Add milk, vanilla, orange, and cinnamon.  Stir until ingredients are melted (if the mixture is thick, add a touch more water or milk – it should be liquid).

Pour mixture into a baking dish.  

(You can see the orange zest and specs of cinnamon in it – yum.)  Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer.  Check periodically (every two hours or so).

As soon as it begins to freeze, take a spoon or ice cream scoop and scrape the mixture.  

Continue to do this as it freezes (it take about a day to freeze solid).  The end result should be a complete shaved ice consistency.

With this recipe, you will be surprised how rich the chocolate tastes and how pronounced the orange zest is.  It feels so much more special than you would think.  (For a traditional topping, add real whipped cream.)

Enjoy!  And let me know what you think!  Have a great weekend!

One Response to “Chocolate Orange Granita”

  1. arianne1220 March 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Sounds like it takes patience to make this, but the end result looks worth it! I like the orange zest twist that you added. Reminds me of dessert at Nonna’s 🙂 Yummy!

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