While the temperature soared near the 40’Cs this weekend, our family met for lunch and I thought, considering how hot it was, the dessert would have to be chilled. The granite was so delicious we had to have seconds, even wee Ezra kept asking for more. The granite is refined sugar free and except for having to rake it with a fork several times while it freezes, it’s simple to prepare. I prefer to serve sweets to guests in the summer, which don’t need prep on the day, like this granita that are a no fuss sweet.
· Peaches are a characteristically fuzzy fruit native to northwest China. They are a member of the stone fruit family, having one large middle seed, like cherries, apricots, plums, and nectarines.
· According to studies, stone fruit like peaches, have been shown to ward off obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
· The study suggests that stone fruits have bioactive and phenolic compounds with anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties that may also reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) associated with cardiovascular disease.
PEACH & FIG GRANITA
5 white peaches, destine and halve
4 figs, halve
1 vanilla bean, scraped
½ cup maple syrup
2 cups water
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until very smooth. Pour into a shallow tin and place in the freezer for an hour. As the liquid freezes, rake with a fork to form crystals. You will need to do this every hour, scraping from the outside of the tray inwards as it freezes, (usually taking up to 3-4 hours). Scrape the granite with a fork until it’s snow-like before serving. Serve in chilled glasses. Enjoy!