Prickly Pear Granita

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Category: Desserts & Sweets | Blog URL: http://whatsforsupper-juno.blogspot.com/2010/01/prickly-pear-granita-and-scorpion.html

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.

Ingredients

Preparation

1
Place a large, flat metal dish in the freezer for two hours.
2
Put the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
3
Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4
Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Chill.
5
Peel the prickly pears, chop roughly and place in a blender.
6
Blend to a thick pulp.
7
Measure the pulp into a bowl.
8
Add the equivalent amount of cooled sugar syrup.
9
Stir in the lemon juice.
10
Pour the mixture into the frozen dish and place in the freezer.
11
After 30 minutes, scratch and scrape the mixture with a fork to form crystals.
12
Continue scraping and scratching every 20 minutes until you have a pile of fluffy, crystalline flakes.
13
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.

Yield:

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February 21, 2010

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