Orange Granita

Total Time:
4 hr 55 min
Prep:
40 min
Inactive:
4 hr 15 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 6 oranges
  • 4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Sugar, to taste
  • 3 sprigs basil
  • 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
Directions
  • Clean and wash the oranges. Cut off the top 1/4 of the oranges and shave a small slice off the bottom so it stands easily.

  • Using a grapefruit knife, cut out the flesh of the oranges and place in a strainer set over a bowl. Be careful not to cut through the bottom. Stand the oranges on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer and freeze until solid.

  • Press the flesh of the oranges through the strainer to extract all of the juice. You should end up with about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of orange juice. Add the extra 4 cups orange juice. Stir in sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is of desired sweetness. Add the basil and orange-flavored liqueur and let sit for 15 minutes.

  • Strain the mixture into a roasting pan or baking dish. The dish should be large enough so the liquid is not more than 1-inch deep. Freeze the mixture for 1 hour. Remove from the freezer and scrape with 2 forks to break up ice. Return to the freezer and freeze until solid, about 2 to 3 hours, scraping with forks every hour or so.

  • When the granite is frozen, scoop it into the orange shells and serve immediately.


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