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November 16, 2012

Granita Di Caffe {Iced Coffee}

I mentioned before that I am not really a big fan of coffee.  BUT, Iced coffee, or coffee in any cold way is totally my thing.

We had this Granita Di Caffe (I like the fancy name..) as a dessert after a rich meal served in small liqueur glasses, which was more than enough.

It is topped with a coffee flavored sweet cream !

Granita Di Caffe {Iced Coffee}

1/2 cup Sugar, divided
1/2 cup Water
1 1/4 cups Strong Espresso coffee (or any other strong coffee)
1 Vanilla Bean (pod)
1/4 cup Fresh Cream
2 t Espresso/Coffee Powder

1.) Place the Sugar (keep 1 TB aside) and the Water in a small pot - bring to the boil and let boil vigorously for 1 minute - add the Espresso/Coffee, scrape out the seeds and add together with the bean to the pot. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
2.) Strain the syrup mixture through a sieve into a shallow freezer-proof dish {an old Ice cream container works well} - place into the freezer for at least 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes to prevent any large crystals.  Stir once more before serving.
3.) Beat the Fresh Cream, remaining 2 TB Sugar and the Espresso/Coffee Powder until semi-stiff.

Spoon the Granita into 6 small glasses and top with the Whipped flavored cream !

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