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Katie Caldesi’s Sicilian clementine granita
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It’s a little-known fact that granita dates back to the Romans, who blended snow with honey and fruit. It’s a brilliant Christmas dessert – light and refreshing after a heavy main course, plus it can be made in advance to take the stress out of the day. My husband and I think the clementine juice is sweet enough not to need any added sugar, but you can add a dash of honey, if you like.
Serves: 4 small servings
250ml freshly squeezed clementine juice (or from a bottle)
300g tropical fruits (such as mango, papaya, kiwi, pineapple)
100ml whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
A little clear honey, to taste (optional)
1 Pour the clementine juice and 100ml water into a shallow, lidded, freezerproof container; put on the lid and freeze overnight. The following day use a fork to scrape the ice into crunchy, broken crystals. Cover and refreeze until you are ready to serve.
2 For the salad, peel and cut the fruit into bitesized pieces (this can be done up to two hours in advance; cover and chill until ready to serve). Whip the cream with the vanilla extract, adding a dash of honey if you prefer it sweeter. Cover and keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
3 Chill four small glasses in the freezer for 20 minutes. Divide the fruit between each glass and top with the granita and whipped cream. Serve straight away.
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This recipe was first published in November 2021.
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