It’s Fall! Hooray!!! I may have entered the season kicking and screaming but as soon as the leaves begin to change and that cool crisp air sets in, I’m an easy convert. Plus, what’s not to love about Fall, right? Pumpkin and apple picking are two of my favorite activities and let’s not forget about Halloween! There’s lots to do and more importantly, so much to eat! The weather is cooler and you put away your salad spinner in exchange for warm and comforting treats like Apple Muffins With Cider Glaze but it’s usually still warm enough to make refreshing treats like this Apple Cider Granita.
Granita is really my favorite way to utilize apple cider especially since I ALWAYS buy too much at the farm stand. This recipe was actually inspired by a special frozen treat that we get at the apple orchards—Cider Ice! It’s a super-delicious frosty treat made out of frozen Cider. Genius! It’s a perfectly refreshing snack after a long day of pickin’ in the orchards. My family goes crazy for the stuff and I can feel good about serving it to them as a snack or dessert because it’s only made from pressed apples. It also makes the most gorgeous dessert for any Fall parties you have coming up and I have even served it alongside my other desserts at Thanksgiving. Make some today!
This recipe is the perfect use for any cider you might have lying around the house. I give it to my son as an afternoon snack or as a dessert in lieu of ice cream.
Apple Cider Granita
Ingredient: (yes. just one!)
3-4 cups apple cider
1.Pour cider into a 9-inch glass deep-dish pie plate or any other freezer friendly, shallow container.
2. Place dish into freezer for 2 hours. Remove plate from the freezer and scrape the frozen cider with a fork (see images above). The idea is to shave the ice away with your fork, creating a snowy texture. Place the plate back into the freezer and continue to freeze for another hour. Repeat the scraping process until all of the frozen cider is scraped away, about 4 hours total. Scoop out the frozen cider and place into serving cups. Serve au naturale or topped with some cinnamon spiked fresh whipped cream.