Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 6 minutes; other: 2 hours and 5 minutes
Oxmoor House JUNE 2006
1. Bring first 5 ingredients to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Stir juice into wine mixture. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Freeze, uncovered, 1 hour. Scrape entire mixture with a fork to break up ice crystals. Freeze an additional 1 hour, scraping again with a fork after 30 minutes.
2. Scoop 1/4 cup granita into each of 7 (10-ounce) stemmed glasses; top each with 2 tablespoons whipped topping. Repeat layers 3 times, ending with whipped topping.
Granita Tips: Although mixtures freeze faster in metal pans, we used a glass dish because this recipe has a high acid content from the wine, and the acid might react with an aluminum pan. A fork is the best utensil to scrape the frozen mixture because it produces a nice fine-grained ice. Serve the granita in chilled bowls or glasses because the ice melts quickly.
Granita (grah-nee-TAH), or Italian ice, must be intensely flavorful to be authentic. Creamy whipped topping balances the flavor of the ice.
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