Coffee Granita and Almond Ice

Menu Part: 
Dessert
Cuisine Type: 
Italian
Serves: 
24

This combination of a scoop of sweet cinnamon and coffee granita paired with a scoop of almond milk ice brings two trending flavors into one frozen treat.

Ingredients

Granita
3 qt. water
14 oz. sugar
4 oz. ground espresso
3 cinnamon sticks
8 cardamom pods, crushed
1 star anise

Almond milk ice
4 cups (1 lb.) whole blanched almonds, toasted
1 qt. whole milk
3 qt. half & half, divided
2 cups sugar
1 bottle (750 ml.) almond syrup
6 cups sliced almonds, toasted

Steps

1. Prepare granita: In a large pot, bring all ingredients to a boil. Turn off heat; steep 15 minutes.

2. Strain into a 2-inch-deep hotel pan. Freeze, stirring every few hours. Break into chunks.

3. Prepare almond ice: Bring whole almonds, milk, 1 qt. half & half and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat, cool and puree.

4. Strain; stir in 2 quarts half & half and syrup. Pour into a 4-inch-deep hotel pan. Freeze, whisking every few hours.

5. For service: In a tall glass, layer sliced almonds, granita and almond ice. Garnish with more sliced almonds.

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