Coffee Granita

Granita is a dessert that originated in Sicily, most likely as a respite from the hot climate. It is made by freezing a mixture of water, sugar, and flavorings, such as orange or lemon juice, herbs, crushed almonds, or espresso or coffee, and then scraping the frozen mixture with a fork to create an icy texture. Granita is the perfect hot weather treat and is often served as a dessert or for breakfast. It's known for its unique granular texture and intense flavor.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 6


  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 cups hot espresso or very strong brewed coffee
  • whipped cream


  • Combine the sugar and boiling water in a mixing bowl.  Stir for one minute with a wire whisk.  Add the hot espresso and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Cool the mixture to room temperature.
  • Pour the espresso mixture into a shallow 9 x 13-inch glass or stainless steel pan. Place in the freezer and let it begin to harden for 3 to 4 hours.   
  • Drag the tines of a fork over the surface of the granita to make fluffy crystals.  Return the granita to the freezer and let it sit until firm.
  • To serve, scrape the surface of the frozen granita again to loosen the ice crystals. 
  • Divide evenly between serving glasses alternating with layers of soft whipped cream. Serve immediately.