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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Passion Fruit Granita

With our current hot and dry weather right now, a cool refreshing dessert would be most welcome anytime of the day. I was looking for something cold, yet light and refreshing to serve to the family as an after-dinner dessert. And this Passion Fruit Granita is just the one. 

The original recipe, taken from "Relaxed Cooking With Curtis Stone", is actually called Exotic Fruit Salad with Passion Fruit Granita, where the granita is served on top of a mixture of  starfruit, papaya, mango, kiwi and pineapple. I have however served the granita on its own.



Granita are pretty easy to make. Basically it is a mixture of fruit puree, sugar and water. Firstly, the sugar syrup is prepared, leave to cool and mix with the fruit puree to combine. This mixture is then poured into a baking pan, preferably metal, left to freeze in the freezer until the mixture is icy all around the edges. Using a fork, scrape the ice at the sides towards the centre, level it and freeze again, Repeat a few more times, until the granita turns into flaky crystals. 


I've added in about 2-3 tablespoons of honey when I mixed the syrup with the passionfruit pulp. It took mine a longer time to form ice all around the edges, and had to leave it frozen overnight in the freezer, still in the pan. The next day, I use the fork to scrape the icy sides toward the centre, which surprisingly, still with patches of liquid in the centre, even after leaving it overnight in the freezer. I did that about 3 times with a couple of hours in between. By evening, the granita is ready.



Very nice flaky icy crystals with the lovely fragrance and golden yellow colour from the passion fruit. This is good! Refreshing, light and so yummy!


Passion Fruit Granita
(adapted from "Relaxed Cooking With Curtis Stone", Curtis Stone)
1/4 cup sugar
1 pound ripe passion fruit, halved
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2-3 tbsp honey (my addition)

In a small heavy saucepan, stir 1 cup water and the sugar together over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Slowly bring the syrup to a boil; then remove it from the heat and let it cool completely.

Spoon the passion fruit flesh into the cooled syrup and mix together. Stir in the lemon juice. Pour the passion fruit mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish and freeze it for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is icy around the edges.

Using a large fork, stir the icy parts of the passion fruit mixture into the remaining mixture in the dish. Continue to freeze the mixture, stirring the edges into the center every 20 to 30 minutes, for about 1-1/2 hours longer; or until it is frozen. Using a large fork, scrape the frozen granita into flaky crystals. Cover and keep frozen.


I'm linking this post to Cook Like A Star, All-Stars Anniversary Party, hosted by Zoe of Bake For Happy KidsMich of Piece of Cake and Joyce of Kitchen Flavours.
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All-Stars Anniversary Party featured chefs :  Ina Garten, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Curtis Stone, Ree Drummond, Bill Granger, Masterchefs, Martha Stewart, Delia Smith, Donna Hay

21 comments:

  1. Passion fruit...I used to have fresh passion fruit when living in Brazil...this look so good and refreshing...I love granita!
    Thanks for the recipe Joyce...hope you are having a great week :D

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  2. Hi Joyce, I love passion fruit juice and the seeds too. I think I like this. Looks simple enough to make. Thanks, I'll try.

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  3. I just pop over from another friend's blog & she also mentioned about the hazy & hot weather in Singapore. Hope rains will come to clear out the bad weather! This refreshing passionfruit granita comes in the right time.

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  4. Love this granita in hot summer.

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  5. Joyce, I need a cup of this passion fruit granita to refresh myself. Is still very hot now.

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  6. Oh I can only dream of having such hot and dry weather - lucky you :-) Your granita looks and sounds delicious and I will definitely keep in mind for when our summer eventually arrives.

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  7. Never tried granita with passion fruits, looks fantabulous.

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  8. Cool! I want to have it now

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  9. Wish I can have some of this.....I nearly melt with this hot weather here too. So refreshing and fruity flavour granita. Cooling!!

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  10. very cooling... i love this with the baby ice ~ plus it's much more healthier than ice kacang

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  11. Looks so refreshing! Would most definitely love this during the sunny afternoons.

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  12. Joyce, may I have some in this hot weather? :D

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  13. I love the aroma and taste of passionfruit! The granita looks really refreshing.

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  14. Joyce , that looks refreshing indeed ! Passion fruit sounds like a wonderful fruit for making this kind of icy treats .

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  15. Hi Joyce, the weather in Singapore is so hot too, and I need one of your cups of passionfruit granita!

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  16. I have never made granita, Joyce and have only recently been introduced to Passion fruit. Yes, I like it:) It's still too cold here for me to think of making icy cold desserts but I know eventually I will be seeking them. Your granita looks so refreshing. I must save the method. Thank you so much for sharing, Joyce...

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  17. i love passionfruit and i think it is a great flavour and choice for granitas!

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  18. Hi Joyce,

    SUPER HOT???

    The cheeky me is imagining you wearing a bikini while eating this granita... SUPER COOL!!!

    Zoe

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  19. Joyce, even though the weather has cooled down slightly, I still want this granita!

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  20. hi where did you buy passion fruit ? i cant find in cold storage or ntuc.

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    1. Hi anonymous, would be great if i know how to address you.
      I bought the passion fruits from the morning wet market, fruits stall.

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