Apple Granita

Apple Granita

Author note: The addition of simple syrup is optional and depends on how sweet the apples and apple juice are. Add to the mixture if after created, it seems only slightly sweet. Remember that sweetness is dulled when liquid is frozen, so the mixture needs to be sweeter than you would normally think.

2 to 2 1/2 pounds apples (I prefer a mixture of Pink Lady and Gala), seeded and quartered

2 1/2 cups apple juice, chilled

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

simple syrup, see recipe below

  1. In a heavy-duty blender, blend the apples and apple juice together. Pour into a large bowl. Stir in the lemon juice. Add simple syrup to taste.
  2. Cover and place in the fridge and chill until cold (at least 4 hours).
  3. Place the mixture into an ice cream maker (this might have to be done in two batches). Churn for 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened. Pour into a freezable container, cover and freeze.
  4. Scoop the mixture into serving cups. Serve with apple slices.

for the simple syrup

Place 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water into a small saucepan. Heat over low until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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