How to make blood orange granita

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Blood oranges are in season at the moment and I have been getting excited about receiving these fiery coloured beauties in my vegie box.  I love how each blood orange is a different colour ranging on the spectrum from a subtle rose colour to a dark burgundy like wine.  I’m not sure whether it is the strong colour which influences my perception, but somehow blood oranges also taste more intense than regular oranges.

Granita

Blood oranges are great to juice and drink first thing in the morning but I like to do something a little more exciting with my blood oranges.  The saying goes if life gives you lemons, make lemonade, but I say if life gives you blood oranges, make blood orange granita.   Granita is easy version of making an ice-cream or a sorbet and you don’t need any fancy equipment, just a simple fork and a bit of time.

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Juicing the blood oranges
Blood Orange Granita
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1191 calories
296 g
0 g
2 g
7 g
0 g
1232 g
44 g
272 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1232g
Yields
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1191
Calories from Fat 13
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 44mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 296g
99%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 272g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
37%
Vitamin C
528%
Calcium
11%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 180g caster sugar
  2. 1 litre freshly squeezed blood orange juice (about 14 blood oranges)
Instructions
  1. 1. Warm the sugar with 250ml of the juice in a saucepan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. 2. Remove from the heat and add the remaining juice.
  3. 3. Pour the mixture into a shallow, plastic dish so it is about 5-10cm deep and place in the freezer.
  4. 4. Check after one hour, if it has begun to freeze around the edges take a fork and stir the mixture, breaking up the frozen parts near the edges into smaller chunks and raking them towards the centre.
  5. 5. Return the dish to the freezer, then check the mixture every 30 mins repeating the process until you have fine crystals of granita.
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calories
1191
fat
2g
protein
7g
carbs
296g
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7 comments

  1. I used o love getting a fruit and vege box delivered when I lived in Sydney and I would have been thrilled to see blood oranges in it!!!
    A granita is an awesome use for this delicious treat!!

  2. G’day! Love anything re blood oranges, true!
    Your granita looks very refreshing too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  3. So easy and so rewarding! That’s the best kind of dessert 🙂

  4. My parents have a blood orange tree, and well I think I’ll have to go grab a few to make this!

  5. Andi – Me too

    Gourmet Getaways – Yes I love granitas for lots of things – they are so simple to make.

    Joanne – I’m a fan as well.

    Liz – It was!

    Lorraine – I agree

    Shellie – Let me know if you make it (or if they have spare blood oranges)

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