Spiced Chocolate Granita

Granita is deliciously simple, summery semi frozen Sicilian dessert. This chocolate spiced version with a slight alcoholic kick is a perfect light yet elegant dessert.

Serves4 Origin Fusion
Preparation 10 min Heat rating (No heat)
Cooking 3-4h Ease (Easy)
Vegetarian Yes


tsp Green Cardamom pods
tsp Cayenne Chilli powder
tsp Ground Cinnamon
tsp Ground Ginger
590ml water
110g brown sugar
100g sugar
30g cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4tsp cardamom, crushed
1/4tsp cayenne pepper
1/4tsp ginger
2 tbsps strong coffee or espresso
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tbsps alcohol (eg whiskey, tequila, vodka


Bring the water, sugar, cocoa, and spices to a low boil. Stirring frequently, let the mixture continue to bubble for 5 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in the coffee, vanilla, and alcohol. Transfer to the freezer in an appropriate container (with room for the liquid to expand). When the ice is almost solidified rake through with a fork to create granulated crystals like course salt. Divide into individual bowls and eat immediately.

Note:If you make this a day or two ahead of time remember to remove from the freezer a good 15mins (this will depend on how ho the weather is) before eating and fork through again to fluff up and loosen the granita.

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