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coffee and pistachio granita
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Granita is the Italian — Sicilian to be specific — name for shaved ice. Maybe you call it water ice, and in some places it goes by slushie, but no matter what you call it, this is a simple semi-frozen dessert that can be made without an ice cream machine or any other fancy equipment. You just need a freezer and a freezer-safe dish, and you can experiment with flavors ranging from red wine to papaya.

In this recipe our flavor is coffee, but if you wanted a fruit alternative just use the strained fruit puree of your choice.

Note, Frangelico is listed as one of our ingredients for those of you who may be seeking a dessert that’s spiked, but it can certainly be skipped.