Granita is the earliest form of ice cream and is basically flavoured ice that is then "scratched" up with a fork to make it all crystally. It's very refreshing. Lemon verbena has a limey, citrus smell, and according to my friend Jekka, it acts as a relaxant if infused in boiling water, helping you sleep.
Recipe courtesy of Jamie Oliver
Save Recipe Print
Total:
3 hr 20 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
3 hr
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Apple compote:

Directions

Place a small metal tray into the freezer to chill. Put the lemon verbena, lemon zest, and sugar into the boiling water and allow to infuse for 10 minutes. Add your ice cubes to bring the temperature down and then sieve the liquid into the cold metal tray (keep the lemon zest and verbena for later) and place in the freezer for about 2 hours. Mash with a fork, scratching up the ice, then freeze for a further 2 hours.

To prepare the apple compote, put 2 tablespoons of sugar into a small pan and heat on a medium heat until it is syrupy and light caramel color. Finely chop the reserved lemon zest and lemon verbena and add to the caramel with the apple and lemon juice. Mix and cook for a couple of minutes.

To serve, spoon a little compote into 4 small shot glasses, then a spoonful of creme fraiche, and finally top with the granita and a small sprig of lemon verbena.

Cook's Note

The copyright of this recipe is owned by Jamie Oliver. All rights of the owner are reserved and asserted including the right to be attributed as the author. Unauthorised copying, adapting, display or re-publication of this recipe (or any part of this recipe) in any material form is strictly prohibited.

Our Best Holiday Cookies 57 Videos

Get the Recipe

Holiday Swirled Sugar Cookies 00:30

Find out how to get a festive, swirling effect on iced cookies.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Rosemary-Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Lemon Bars

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Lemon Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Lemon Verbena Sorbet

Recipe courtesy of Jerry Traunfeld

Lemon Verbena Cheesecake

Recipe courtesy of Patsy Jamieson

Cucumber and Lemon Verbena Water

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Lemon Granita

Recipe courtesy of David Rosengarten

Lemon Granita

Recipe courtesy of Wolfgang Puck

Browse Reviews By Keyword