Coffee Granita

A refreshing treat that requires no special equipment; a great way to use up leftover coffee.

2 cups espresso or strong black coffee, at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest

2 tablespoons coffee or hazelnut liqueur (optional)

Add sugar to coffee and stir until dissolved. Add zest and liqueur. Pour into a shallow baking metal baking dish and freeze for 30 minutes. Using a fork, scrape up ice crystals from sides and bottom of pan. Return to freezer and continue scraping and stirring every 30 minutes for 3 to 4 hours, or until mixture is frozen through. Scraping and tossing the crystals creates a fluffy, granular texture. Once granita is frozen through, toss once more with fork and allow the crystals to “dry” in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with whipping cream.

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