Prickly Pear Granita

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.



Place a large, flat metal dish in the freezer for two hours.
Put the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Chill.
Peel the prickly pears, chop roughly and place in a blender.
Blend to a thick pulp.
Measure the pulp into a bowl.
Add the equivalent amount of cooled sugar syrup.
Stir in the lemon juice.
Pour the mixture into the frozen dish and place in the freezer.
After 30 minutes, scratch and scrape the mixture with a fork to form crystals.
Continue scraping and scratching every 20 minutes until you have a pile of fluffy, crystalline flakes.
Pile the granita into chilled martini glasses and serve immediately.




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I have prickles, spikes and burny things on my mind today. Last night, my son discovered a large scorpion skulking (with intent, I imagined) in my dog's food bowl. I thought we might see the odd critter in our new garden - which is tucked up against a mountain - but I hadn't figured on scorpions, and am going to think twice now about walking barefoot in the garden at night. Then, this morning, I was alarmed when my husband complained that he was burning and itching all over: had - shudder - a scorpion burrowed into the bedclothes? Then I remembered that yesterday my daughter had - in the interests of science, you understand - 'tested' my canister of pepper spray . I'd laughed it off, and told her to wipe up any residue. 'What did you clean up the mess with?' I asked her now, the penny slowly dropping. 'With dad's bath towel!' she yelled.

Finally, scratching in the fridge for breakfast, I found a big bag of prickly pears I'd bought a few days ago and forgotten about. They were the last thing I wanted to touch, feeling as creepy and crawly as I did, but I am just smitten by this most beautiful and refreshing fruit (see my earlier post) so I put on a pair of gloves and turned them into a granita. This is a delicate ice with an ethereal flavour: so easy to make and perfect for a hot day.




Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 5:27am


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