By Sharon123 on June 02, 2008
Photo by kiwidutch
Photo by kiwidutch
"A wildly refreshing dessert that will have your mouth singing! A unique and delicious granita and it's so easy to make! This granita is a fancy schmancy way to end a meal, especially Italian. The citrus flavors refresh the palatte, while the basil gives the fresh taste of Italy When our team thought of Italy, basil came right to mind. It just shouts Italy! We thought putting it in a frozen granita would be fancy, unique and delicious! Made up by the Fancy Feinschmeckers Team for the Italian Frozen Dessert Challenge in the Zaar World Tour #4. Each team member picked an ingredient and told why they picked it: mliss29-I've always liked lemons, even since I was a little kid - Wildflower-I love orange anything! And the blossoms are so pretty, too! Alskann- Some things you don't scrimp on; pure vanilla is one of the most complex flavors in the world, its unique flavor and aroma will blend beautifully with the fresh, tart citrus flavors and the herbal essence of the basil to make this granita both flavorful and aromatic - Celticevergreen-grapefruit juice-because it's my favorite flavor and to me is like tasting liquid sunshine - Nasseh-water-It is the foundation for so many things we love & enjoy. It is in almost every food, in some form or another luvinlif2k- I'm liking the slice of lime as an optional garnish. It should look lovely with the sprig of basil and if you like your granita a bit more tart, just squeeze some lime on your granita or rub your spoon with the lime before each bite - Heydarl-Basil Sprig, as I love basil & would like to be decorative - Sharon123-I picked salt! In Matthew 5:13 it says,"Ye are the salt of the earth". Salt is also thrown over the shoulder for good luck. In ancient times, salt was precious and used to preserve meats, fish, etc. , and it also heightens the flavor of many foods. It sure works in this recpe! :lol:"
Serving Size: 1 (1641 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"This was very fresh and citrus-y. I altered the ratio so there was a lot less orange, but more lemon and grapefruit, and it tasted great. I more than doubled the basil, but it was super subtle, I think I would increase it more, since I love the flavor of basil with fruit (as in Recipe #294970). The color is so beautiful in this too!"
"This was a hit with relatives over for lunch on a hot day. I added more grapefruit juice, and used mint instead of basil. Used half store bought fresh squeezed oj fresh squeezed with added zest.
Next time, I will reduce sugar by 1/4 and add even more fresh mint! Thanks for sharing!"
"I made this for dessert, to follow mom's lasagna. Everyone loved it and raved for days! Said my uncle "This is the most delicious thing I have ever eaten!" Thanks for sharing, I will be making this all summer."
"WONDERFUL Flavours!!! and a minor miracle: this went down brilliantly well with all of us.. even our fussy little kids who wouldn't normally eat grapefruit, orange, lemon and basil! the best part of this miracle was the I also used fresh red grapefruit and freshly squeezed oranges and threw in the pulp as well. I "marketed" it to the kids a new icecream and they lapped it up! I also thought that since DH doesn't like sour tastes much that he might not give such a great review... but he loved it too! Total success!!! Please see my Rating System: 5 excellent excellent stars for a recipe that I will be making VERY often so that I can sneak these fruits into the kids, and DH who isn't a great fruit fan. Ok.. there is sugar, but at least this isn't loaded with E numbers and flavour enhancers and preservatives that commercial stuff contains. Pick your battles, I concede the sugar for the extra vitamins and the extension of their food flavours that I can get in here. This recipe is a WINNER ! Thanks!"
"Cold, sweet and simple. I substituted equal parts of lime and lemon juice for the grapefruit juice, which unfortunately gave a much orange-ier taste than I think the recipe would have had as written. I used lemon basil, which was an interesting flavor in the syrup, but got lost in the finished product."
"I made this for ZWT4 for the Frozen dessert challenge since I don't own an ice cream maker. It was light and refreshing but we didn't really care for the basil taste. I'm going to try making it again and omit the basil next time! It was refreshing on a really hot summer day here in NC! Thanks for posting!"
"I selected this recipe for the ZWT4 Italian Frozen Dessert Challenge. I was drawn to this recipe because it sounded refreshing with lots of citrus flavor and it was simple! It filled all of those expectations and more! We loved it! It tastes just wonderful!"
"WONDERFUL granita and so inexpensive to make. As I added the vanilla, I thought, "Ahhh, Orange Julius!" and added an extra splash of vanilla because I knew I would like it. Thanks for the recipe! Made for ZWT4 Italian Frozen Dessert Challenge. Photo forthcoming on Sunday."
"This was an awesome dessert! It was light and crisp with a twinge from the basil. My DH didn't really like the basil, but I thought it made the dish! I will be sure to keep this on hand for an easy summer dessert! Reviewed for Italian Dessert Challenge ZWT4."
"Refreshing, light and citrusy with just the right amount of sweetness. I used the full 1 cup of sugar and opted for the lemon juice. The basil and vanilla added a wonderful subtle flavor. I really loved the basil, but I'd love to try this again with fresh mint. Thanx for a great fancy-schmancy granita! This is so easy to make, I think I'll make sure there is some in my freezer all summer!"
"I selected this recipe to try as it contained no alcohol and we all love citrus flavors. My 3 yr old grandson helped make this and loved the results so that earns 5 stars in my kitchen alone. Beyond time spent in the kitchen with our boy, we all found the flavor refreshing and light. Made for ZWT4."
"This was delicious and super easy to make. I love the refreshing citrus blend! A perfect summer treat! I couldn't really taste the basil flavor but what the heck? It was delicious anyway. Make for ZWT4."
"It really does look as appealing as in the photo! Other then using less of the basil leaves because of supply - I made as posted. Used the pure vanilla and choose the lemon juice. The citrus flavors made for a very refreshing light dessert- and I didn't need a ice cream maker!"
"This was very light & refreshing and the basil really made the entire thing come together. The only downside was that not everyone could enjoy it because of the grapefruit juice (medical interactions). I plan on making this again for other groups of people come next spring/summer. I'm even considering making it an adult dessert with maybe a bit of vodka."