“I’m fond of granita. I love its freshness and texture and how easy it is to prepare – perfect to have in the freezer at home,” says McConnell. “The prickly pear is particularly delicious; just take care when peeling it and wear kitchen gloves to avoid the spikes.”
- 150 gm white sugar
- 250 gm prickly pear flesh (2-3 prickly pears), coarsely chopped
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 500 ml mandarin juice
- 300 gm caster sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 500 ml (2 cups) milk
- 250 ml (1 cup) pouring cream
- 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
- 75 gm caster sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 1Stir sugar and 150ml water in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the simmer. Remove from heat, then chill completely in refrigerator. Purée prickly pear, lemon juice and 150ml sugar syrup in a food processor until smooth, strain through a sieve into a tray and freeze, stirring occasionally with a fork to break up ice crystals, until firm and frozen (10-12 hours). Makes about 700ml.
- 2For mandarin granita, blend mandarin juice, sugar and lemon juice in a blender until sugar dissolves, strain through a sieve into a tray and freeze, stirring occasionally with a fork to break up ice crystals, until firm and frozen (10-12 hours). Makes about 700ml.
- 3For vanilla ice-cream, bring milk, cream, vanilla and 25gm sugar to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk yolks and remaining sugar in a heatproof bowl until sugar dissolves, add milk mixture and whisk to combine. Return mixture to pan and stir continuously until mixture thickly coats a wooden spoon (5-6 minutes). Remove from heat, stir for a few minutes, then strain through a sieve and refrigerate until chilled. Freeze in an ice-cream machine, then freeze until required. Makes about 1 litre.
- 4To serve, mash granita with a fork to remove any lumps (a fine, even texture is most desirable). Pile prickly pear granita and mandarin granita into frozen coupes or glasses, top with vanilla ice-cream and serve.
This recipe is from the September 2012 issue of .
Drink Suggestion: 2006 Crawford River Nektar, Henty, Vic. Drink suggestion by Campbell Burton