If you have been around awhile you have come to know (and hopefully love) our Monday K-cup coffee recipes. I love fun, easy to make coffee drinks. They are a simple indulgence that can usually be made with ingredients already in your kitchen. There will be no running to the local coffee shop around here, no sir, we have Keurig’s in our kitchen that make these recipes easy peasy.
Up this week…Coffee Granita
We are lucky enough to have a fabulous Italian chef in our area that offers several classes which I have been lucky enough to participate in. Dont be too impressed, I chose very easy, fun classes, I am far from a gourmet cook. My all time favorite was how to make homemade ice creams. Although the gelato was delicious, I fell in love with sorbets and the granitas. Perhaps because they are so easy to make with amazingly delicious results!
Sorbet and granita can be any flavor you desire from lemon to chocolate, almond or blood orange! But, of course my first thought is always COFFEE! With my new-found knowledge, I headed to the kitchen and here is what I came up with:
You will need:
2 extra bold, dark roast Keurig Kcups (Italian Roast is a PERFECT choice for this recipe)
1/2 cup of sugar
2 T coffee liqueur
Start by brewing both of the extra bold, dark roast Kcup coffees on the lowest water setting of your Keurig into a medium-sized bowl. Add the sugar, coffee liqueur and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
*Note: the purpose of the liqueur is to prevent the granita from freezing solid. It creates the desired texture. I do recommend using a coffee liqueur to enhance the flavor of this dessert but, anything with alcohol will work fine. Plain vodka would be a good alternative.
Pour the mixture into a metal 9×9 baking pan. Place in the freezer. Using a fork stir the granita every thirty minutes for approximately 3 hours. The result should be chunky brown ice crystals.
Serve in a small dessert bowl topped with whipped cream, lemon zest and just to make it perfect…a coffee bean!
You may be thinking lemon zest with coffee? Believe me, I thought the same thing… until I tried it. The lemon adds a depth to the taste and at the same time makes it feel light and refreshing!
My friends and family do think I am a gourmet chef when I serve this little number. It is a beautiful dessert that just so happens to taste amazing at the same time!
Do we have any other fans of granita out there? What are your favorite flavors?