One of my favorite snacks when I was a kid was frozen fruit juice […] [I would hack] away at the frozen treat with the spoon and scooping up chunks and flakes, letting them melt on my tongue, icy cold and orangey.
– Jamie Schler, “Orange Mint Granita”, Orange Appeal, p196
We love Jamie’s granita! What a revelation. It’s so very refreshing. It was so wonderful that after the first time we made it, we went out immediately to get some peaches to try it with peaches instead of oranges (simply because peaches were in season at the time). Then we made it with blackberries donated to us by our brilliant neighbours. And after they tasted the ice, they brought over more blackberries so they could have more of Jamie’s blackberry ice.
As much as we love the ice with other fruits, it’s particularly delicious made with oranges. We will definitely want to make it Jamie’s original way with oranges many many times.
Jamie Schler’s Orange Granità
To see the actual recipe, please go to page 196 in “Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet”….Notes:
:: We used our electric ice cream maker, so we wouldn’t have to repeatedly open and close the freezer during the infernal heat waves we so often experience in the summer.
:: We used dry white wine – a cheap and cheerful Fontana di Papa Colli Albani, a blend of trebbiano and malvasia.
:: Rather than bruising the mint and putting it directly into the granita, we simply served the granita with a sprig of mint on the side.
I have already mentioned that I was one of the fortunate ones chosen to be part of the team of testers for Jamie Schler’s cookbook. Every recipe that I tested was fabulous. The ones I didn’t get a chance to test sounded fabulous.
There are zillions of the most wonderful recipes in “Orange Appeal” – all of them calling for at least one part of the orange. And of course, as added bonuses, the recipes are accompanied by Jamie’s lovely prose and Ilva Baretta’s stunningly beautiful photos.
Not long ago, Jamie asked testers what their favourite recipes were. I was hard pressed to choose. But I narrowed it down to the roast chicken – no, the sweet and sour chicken – no, switch that to the foccaccia – no, change that to orange granita, – no, make that orange spiced butter, no wait! make that….
Here’s how you too can have an embarrassment of choices to make about which is your favourite:
» adventures in ice cream making – lime
» adventures in ice cream making: strawberry
» Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
» Mango Ice Cream at last
» WHAT kind of ice cream??
» custard ice cream
» Orange Thyme Shortbread
» Dreaming of Orange Blossoms – Fouace Nantaise (BBB January 2017)
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