4.09.2012

Pineapple and Mint Granita


What a fun, refreshing recipe! And simple to make. All granitas are, I've always thought, which makes them perfect for summer. Yet another plus: compared to ice cream, they're so much lower in calories and the flavor of fresh fruit shines through. This recipe is from Sophie Dahl's new
 book.


I have about 8 post-its stuck in it already and no doubt there will be more. Most of her recipes are not complicated but loaded with flavor. With this recipe, you could use canned or bottled pineapple juice, but please don't because fresh pineapple is amazing in granita. And the one I used was so nice and sweet, I didn't need to add any sweetener at all.


Pineapple and Mint Granita

From Very Fond of Food by Sophie Dahl


Ingredients:

2 pineapples, skin removed, cut in chunks
2 sprigs mint
agave nectar or sugar to sweeten, if needed

Method:

Put the pineapple chunks in a processor and process until you have mostly juice. Strain through a fine sieve.
Pour boiling water over the mint, remove and quickly run ice cold water over them. Dice finely and add to the juice. Taste and sweeten if necessary.
Freeze in a shallow metal container for 2 hours. Check on it and run a fork tine through to break it into shards. Refreeze. Serve by running a fork through again right into glasses.
This serves 6-8.

37 comments:

  1. This looks beautiful and refreshing.

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  2. This is so creative, and no water or anything, just the fruit! Yum, it's making me crave some hot weather!

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  3. Refreshing and delightful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Pineapple and mint...what a great combination! I would have never thought to put them together. :D

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  5. I am seriously wanting a copy of this book! I can only imagine how wonderful this pineapple and mint granita is. It looks lovely!

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  6. Sounds fabulous, and like a board retreat dessert!

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  7. Looks so cool and fresh! Have to check out the new book, I liked her other one.

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  8. This looks like the ultimate refreshing treat! The mint in there really is a fantastic addition. Sounds like a great book!

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  9. I bought an ice cream maker last fall and can't wait to play with it this summer. This looks perfect!

    I love the name of the book...

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  10. That is so light and refreshing!

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  11. I've never had a granita! I hope you had a good Easter!

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  12. This would be a perfect ending to a spicy Thai meal.

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  13. Sounds refreshing and looks refreshing. I can even smell it already! The color is so pretty!

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  14. thia look amazing Love Sophie Dahl

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  15. Delicious with simple and fresh ingredients. That's ART to me.

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  16. Oh dear, this looks unbelievably SCRUMPTOUS! HI BARBARA! Thank you for visiting my Easter post. Did you have a lovely time? I bet your kitchen smelled of lovely memories and fresh awakenings for SPRINGTIME ideas.

    Have a lovely week! Anita

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  17. I have been eyeing this book for a while and you convinced me to get it now :) The granita looks scrumptious. What a lovely combination of flavours.

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  18. I can't get over how amazing all the recipes in this book seem! I'm a sucker for all things pineapple and this dessert looks super tasty and refreshing!

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  19. Delicious n refreshing one.

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  20. A good idea! for summer or like we say: "trou normand"

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  21. i'm taken aback by this combination--i'm not sure how i feel about it! the only thing to do is try it, i suppose!

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  22. lovely must try this one :-)

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  23. Barbara, great combination of flavors..pineapple and mint...looks so pretty and so refreshing. Saving this recipe for warmer days.
    Thanks for this recipe and hope you are having a great week :)

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  24. How refreshing this would be in the summer! I love the sound of the fresh pineapple in this one. Beautiful color and flavor~

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  25. wow! yes i can see why these are so good.
    i just had a coconut-pineapple drink today and had me thinking i need to do more pineapple. never would have thought of this fabulous creation!

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  26. Pineapple and mint is a lovely combo! Super refreshing and delicious!

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  27. Love pineapple with mint. Makes me think I'm on a lush tropical island -- even if I'm just sitting on my couch. LOL

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  28. This recipe is so accessible, how could you not love it? I'm so thrilled to hear that Sophie releasing another cookbook. I am definitely going to try this granita. It looks so refreshing!

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  29. Hi Barbara,

    The Granita will be so lovely for summer and with fresh pineapple and mint ...yum!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Hope you are enjoying the week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  30. I agree with you, granitas are so refreshing and definitely carry less calories than ice cream. I love how everybody starts to make granitas or ice creams the last couple of weeks. The whole net smells summer isn't it? I love your granita Barbara and the fruits you used are so connected with summer!

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  31. You know that Pineapple I''ve been growing for 3 years now? Well, I just decided what I'm going to do with it once it bears fruit!

    Simple, refreshing and exciting to boot!

    Thanks for sharing, Barbara...

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  32. I love the combination of pineapple and mint! This is such a nice easy recipe, always a bonus.

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  33. I bought a fresh pineapple for our Easter fruit salad that was amazing, so sweet and juicy. I'll have to see if I can get another for this recipe, Barbara. I don't need a special occasions to make this! I can almost taste it.

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  34. I'm guessing we're going to have another especially hot summer since it feels like it's already starting--and I'm already craving icy, cold desserts. This looks perfect! I love that the pineapple is sweet enough without any extra sugar.

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  35. Wait, can I make a cocktail out of this?

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  36. How awesome! I love both pineapple and mint and that combination sounds so summery and perfect, especially as a granita :)

    Sues

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