Lemon Lime Granita With Cucumber Mint Salsa

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Lemon Lime Granita With Cucumber Mint Salsa - Cook Republic

Granita hails from Italy, deriving its name from the Italian word for grainy. It is a frozen fruit dessert like a slushy made up of coarse crystals. Hence the name.  A granita is a labour of love. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you think that you can mix it and just leave it in the freezer, you’ve got another think coming.

A lot of granita recipes suggest making a fruit purée, freezing it overnight in a shallow tin and then scraping it just before serving the next day. But to get a granita with a decent body and those delicious grainy frozen crystals, you will need to freeze it and scrape it and then refreeze and scrape it a few times over until the frozen crystals are coarse and evenly sized.

Lemon Lime Granita With Cucumber Mint Salsa - Cook Republic

Lemon Lime Granita With Cucumber Mint Salsa - Cook RepublicOne of the most important rule of all frozen desserts is to pack in extra flavour while they are still in liquid form. Why? Because once the dessert freezes, it loses some of its flavour intensity. So, what better thing to use to create a delightful granita than a beautiful cordial with all its intense and punchy flavours. Barker’s Squeezed Lemons With Lime, Cucumber And Mint is all mouthy and intense like a secret tryst with a beautiful Italian. The bright citrus flavours explode with a lip puckering pop while the gentle notes of cucumber and mint create a clean and delicious feel in the mouth. Using the cordial for the granita also cuts the time and effort used in creating a fruit and sugar syrup. It has freshly squeezed fruit with a much lower sugar content and no added preservatives or artificial sweeteners.

Inspired by a traditional Sicilian lemon granita, I decided to create a simple but really sophisticated little number drawing on all the flavours already existing in the bottle. A lemon granita served atop a beautiful cucumber salsa infused with anise and rosewater makes this a stunning palate cleanser, a light and very modern dessert without a whole lot of fuss. The delicate notes of rose hit you first and draw you into that crisp crunch and clean taste of cucumber and anise followed by a luscious citrus explosion in your mouth. You have to make it to believe how divine it really is! You won't be disappointed.

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Lemon Lime Granita With Cucumber Mint Salsa - Cook Republic

LEMON LIME GRANITA WITH CUCUMBER MINT SALSA

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Author: Sneh
Course // Dessert
Cuisine // Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 500 ml Barker’s Lemon With Lime Cucumber & Mint Cordial
  • 250 ml water
  • 2 cucumbers, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 12 mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground star anise, (about 2 pods)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

Instructions

  • Mix Barker’s Lemon With Lime Cucumber & Mint Cordial with the water. Pour in a 23cm shallow pie tin and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
  • Remove from the freezer and using a fork, scrape the frozen mixture around the edges. Return to the freezer for another 2-3 hours. Once again bring the granita mixture out of the freezer and scrape it with a fork. Continue this process over the next day, freezing the mixture every couple of hours and then scraping with a fork and returning to freezer until it is all scraped out. Cover with cling film and store in freezer until ready to use.
  • Place cucumber, mint, star anise, lime juice, rose water, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Mix to combine well.
  • To serve, scoop a generous tablespoon of the cucumber salsa in little shot glasses. Top two tablespoons of scraped granita. Garnish with micro herbs. Enjoy immediately.
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Note – This post was sponsored by Barker’s Of Geraldine. Words, opinions and feels are my own. 

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I love creating easy, vibrant, fresh, everyday recipes and taking gorgeous photos of the food I cook. I have been blogging for 15 years and I have also written a book with over 100 new recipes. If you make a recipe from the blog, Tag @cookrepublic on Instagram. I would love to see!

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3 Comments
  1. Ruby & Cake

    Stunning flavours in this granita. During summer I practically live off granitas so pinning this for next summer or our next batch of hot humid days x

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  2. Peckish Me

    You had me at "secret tryst with a beautiful Italian" 😀 Also, I'm in love with your photography!

    I think I will try this with home squeezed lemonade with a sprig of mint or rosemary. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  3. Simone

    That looks delicious and yes I definitely agree; it is a work of labour! I don't make it very often and right now it is certainly not the kind of weather yet to be thinking about granita but it does make me long for summer!

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