This blood orange granita is the simplest, brightest winter dessert in all the land! Who says winter treats have to be dense or heavy? Seasonal blood orange juice and a dollop of honey are all that’s required to bring this dessert to life. Tart and sweet, it melts on your tongue in a delicious dance of flavor!
Granita is like a fancy term for shaved ice. Kinda like a sorbet, kinda like shaved ice, but definitely easy to whip up. I love making it for parties. It’s the perfect light way to delight a sweet tooth and cleanse the palate after a hearty winter feast. Blood orange granita has some serious wow factor on account of the gorgeous color of the blood orange juice. It makes it seem like the dish is fancier or more complicated than it is, giving you serious visual bang for your buck.
Making granita is shockingly easy. All I did here was juice the oranges and combine the honey with water over heat until the honey dissolved. Then, I mixed the juice and honey mixture together, put it in a shallow layer in a baking dish, and popped it in the freezer. Every thirty minutes or so I would rake it with a fork to break up the ice crystals. After doing this a few times, the granita is set, and you have a beautiful, tasty and refreshing treat on your hands.
To serve the granita, I like to put it in clear glasses to show off the color. The perfect serving dishes would be these champagne coupes, but I don’t own any (wink wink for all those out there wanting to know what to get me).
Seriously, how gorgeous is this blood orange granita? Once you make it and see how simple it is, you’ll want to keep going, making a granita in every flavor that strikes your fancy. And I’m not gonna stop you. Because I think that’s a great idea. As delightful as this granita is with seasonal winter fruit, it’s just as delicious, and perhaps even more refreshing, on a hot summer day with fresh summer fruit.
This blood orange granita serves my overarching dessert philosophy – simple trumps all. Want proof? Try my Paleo Peach Creamsicles, another 3 ingredient dessert that proves refreshing and delicious sweet treats don’t require slaving away or millions of special Paleo flours!
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A delicious, refreshing, and delightfully easy treat, this blood orange granita is bound to become a fast favorite for you and yours.
- 2 cups blood orange juice, strained – from about 10–12 oranges
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup water
- Mint for garnish (optional)
- Heat the water and honey on the stovetop until the honey is dissolved
- Combine the blood orange juice and the water and honey mixture and mix well
- Pour into a baking dish in a shallow layer. Use two dishes if needed
- Put the dish in the freezer making sure it lies flat to prevent spills. Every thirty minutes, scrape the mixture with a fork to break up the ice crystals. After about two hours or 4 scrapings you will have fluffy granita!
- Keeps in the freezer for about a week until ready to eat or serve
Keywords: blood oranges, paleo, granita