There is little more refreshing then eating something cold and citrus on a hot summer day. And a granita fits that bill perfectly.
With it’s delecate texture and cool tangy flavour, this grapefruit and lemon thyme granita is an excellent, light finish to any summer meal.
But some of you might still be asking… what is a granita?? The short answer, flavoured ice crystals. Ta-da! Mystery unveiled! But don’t let it’s simplicity turn you away. You may just find yourself pleasantly surprised by the end result.
2 cups of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (2-3 medium grapefruits)
1/2 white sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp dried thyme (or 1 Tbsp fresh thyme)
In a small saucepan over medium low heat, add the water and sugar. Stir occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add in thyme and grapefruit juice, stir and remove from heat.
Grate the rind of the lemon, and extract the juice of the lemon. Add both into the grapefruit mixture and stir to combine.
Poor the mixture into a 9×9 glass baking dish (or any non reactive pan). Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. After half an hour, use a fork to break up any frozen chunks. Recover and check again in another half an hour. Use the fork again to break up ice chunks, with a raking motion. Continue this until the mixture is completely frozen.
Serve the same day or cover well and keep for a few days in the freezer.
If you prefer a completely smooth granita, add the lemon zest and thyme to the sugar water mix as the sugar is dissolving. Strain before adding grapefruit juice.