Hi Bold Bakers!
Blood Orange Granita is the perfect treat for both kids and adults on a hot summer day! The crunchy, refreshing iced dessert is different from ice cream or sorbet, with an icy texture not unlike popular snow cones in the US. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to make.
You won’t need any popsicle molds or sticks for this granita recipe. In fact, you don’t need any special equipment except a baking pan that you can put in the freezer and a fork.
Kids will love the sweet treat even though it’s more fruit than sugar, and adults can enjoy it too — but maybe with some vodka or tequila!
What is Blood Orange Granita?
Granita is a popular dessert in Italy that I make with just two ingredients: blood orange juice and sugar. But granita comes in many flavors! You can make granita from any fruit juice, or even scrape up some coffee-flavored granita.
Unlike shaved ice, which is more fluffy and almost like snow, granita is coarse and crunchy. Plus, I’d argue that this blood orange granita is healthier than any snow cone you’d be able to get at a baseball game or from an ice cream truck.
What You Need To Make Blood Orange Granita
- Measuring cups
- A 9 x 13″ baking pan you can put in the freezer
- A fork
- A lidded, freezer-safe container for storage
How To Make Blood Orange Granita
The magical thing about this recipe, besides the fact that it is so simple, is that it takes little preparation. If you start the process in the morning, you’ll be able to enjoy it for a late-afternoon snack.
Here’s how you do it:
- Combine blood orange juice and sugar in a bowl.
- Strain the mixture into a 9×13 inch (23×33 cm) baking dish, or freezer-safe container, and place in the freezer.
- Every hour, for 5 hours, scrape the frozen pieces from the edge of the dish into the center with a fork.
- After you have scraped the frozen pieces 5 times over the course of 5 hours, transfer the granita to a lidded, freezer-safe container. Or enjoy right away!
Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips for Making Blood Orange Granita
- Granita is best made in a 9 x 13″ baking pan or freezable container. You need all the surface area to scrape more granita.
- Granita will stay flaky for up to 2 days in the freezer — but after those two days, it will harden into a solid block. Soften the granita on your counter for 15 minutes and re-scrape, breaking it into larger pieces. Blend it for a few seconds or simply let it melt slightly and restart the scraping process.
- If you don’t have blood oranges on hand, you can use this recipe with 3 cups of any juice! However, keep in mind you may have to adjust your sugar or omit it altogether, depending on how sweet your fruit is.
- To get the best of both worlds, serve the granita in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream — it’ll be a fruity, creamy, icy dish of heaven.
How To Store Blood Orange Granita?
The blood orange granita can be kept in the freezer, inside a lidded, freezer-safe container, for up to 8 weeks. If it has frozen into a hard block, simply let it melt a little and restart the scraping process!
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Full (and printable) recipe below!
Servings: 8 people
- 3 cups (24floz/675ml) blood orange juice (from about 5 oranges)
- ¼ cup (2oz/57g) sugar
In a bowl, combine blood orange juice and sugar.
Strain into a 9×13 inch (23×33 cm) baking dish and place in the freezer.
Every hour, scrape the frozen pieces from the edges into the center with a fork and stir for a total of 5 times.
After 5 hours, transfer to a lidded, freezer safe container and store for up to 8 weeks. Enjoy for dessert as is or with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.