Friday, May 1, 2015

Orange Granita

Total Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Preparation Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 3 hrs


  • Servings: 6
  • 6 oranges
  • 4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • sugar, to taste
  • 3 sprigs basil
  • 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (recommended -- grand marnier)


  • 1 clean and wash the oranges.
  • 2 cut off the top 1/4 of the oranges and shave a small slice off the bottom so it stands easily.
  • 3 using a grapefruit knife, cut out the flesh of the oranges and place in a strainer set over a bowl.
  • 4 be careful not to cut through the bottom.
  • 5 stand the oranges on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer and freeze until solid.
  • 6 press the flesh of the oranges through the strainer to extract all of the juice.
  • 7 you should end up with about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of orange juice.
  • 8 add the extra 4 cups orange juice. stir in sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is of desired sweetness. add the basil and orange-flavored liqueur and let sit for 15 minutes.
  • 9 strain the mixture into a roasting pan or baking dish.
  • 10 the dish should be large enough so the liquid is not more than 1-inch deep. freeze the mixture for 1 hour.
  • 11 remove from the freezer and scrape with 2 forks to break up ice.
  • 12 return to the freezer and freeze until solid, about 2 to 3 hours, scraping with forks every hour or so.
  • 13 when the granite is frozen, scoop it into the orange shells and serve immediately.

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