7/5/09

cappuccino granita



Okay, so it's hot. You know that, I know that. And according to the news everyone is broke, no one has job or will lose it soon, and Korea wants to seemingly start WWIII with us. My suggestion is to have cappuccino granita for breakfast. It solves everything, seriously. You go to your coffee shop to get some type of coffee drink anyways. Why not make it yourself and save the 4 dollars?



Biggie Biggie Biggie can't you see
Sometimes your words just hypnotize me
And I just love your flashy ways
Guess that's why they broke, and you're so paid

I know that's totally random but when I started mixing the ingredients it was swirly and beautiful. It hypnotized me. It looked like highly shellacked exotic wood. Purty.



I felt like I was looking into Kaa's eyes so I just had to take a picture. I did but I kept getting my reflection instead of all the swirls which was kinda cool in its own right but now as I type this it just sounds like I've been taking too many nips of the Kahlua. Whatever.



cappuccino granita: (recipe adapted from Urban Italian/method from The Perfect Scoop)

granita:

2 cups of freshly brewed coffee, cooled. I like this recipe.
2/3 cup of Kahlua, optional BUT I can imagine all sorts of boozy goodness could be added. Godiva Liqueur, for example.
1/2 cup of whole milk
1 tablespoon sugar

vanilla cream:

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
optional but I always add a splash of Grand Marnier to my whipped cream

for the granita:

Use a flat plastic container approximately 8-12 inches across, with a 2-quart capacity, with sides that are about 2 inches high. (Don't find out the hard way, trust me!)

Pour mixture into the dish and place in the freezer. Begin checking it after about an hour. Once it begins 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 toward the center. Return the dish to the freezer, then check the mixture every 30 minutes afterward, stirring each time and breaking up any large chunks into smaller pieces with a fork, (i love this next line) until you have beautiful, fine crystals of homemade granita. (mmmm) If at any time the granita freezes too hard, leave it out at room temp for a few minutes until it softens back up to be stirred again.

whipped cream:

Add cream, vanilla, and sugar to stand mixer with whisk attachment. Whisk on medium high speed until mixture is fluffy. Spoon on top of granita.

Tasting Notes: Well worth the effort and makes me a happy camper in the morning. Did you think I was joking about having it for breakfast?


11 comments:

maybelles mom said...

I hope you are not joking about having it for breakfast. ANd, I love that Dora Maar-like surrealist photograph.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

That just may be the best random song quote ever . . .

SaintTigerlily said...

Booze for breakfast? That's it, I'm coming to live with you.

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

I would totally eat that for breakfast and I'm not even a coffee drinker, but I love the coffee flavor. Whipped cream doesn't hurt either.

TexasDeb said...

Wow - breakfast of champions, yeah? I love caffeine and booze together. I get all amped and chatty and (I think anyway) witty without needing a nap so soon.

Printing this out and wishing I had leftover coffee on hand. Honey? Start another pot of coffee please!

noble pig said...

I totally agree, this will solve the Korea problem...or help us forget about it. Ha!

Amy said...

I've never had a taste for alcohol, and I'm not a coffee drinker. But this makes me almost reconsider. Almost.

Can I just have a vat of the vanilla cream?

Me! said...

mmm that would be a great alternative to the iced coffee i make at work for breakfast. only thing i'd do differently is add a lot more sugar. or use a bit of sweetened condensed milk instead of the milk and sugar.

Krysta said...

*amy... i'm not a coffee drinker either so much so i don't own a coffee maker but this was soooo good but feel free to just have the vanilla cream.

@me! try that and let me know. i'm curious. i thought this was like eating ice cream sweet but no so much so...

@texas deb... cold brew the coffee... just click on the link in the recipe.

TKW said...

Breakfast of champions! Looks awesome!

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