Persian Pomegranate Granita

Persian Pomegranate Granita

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Persian Pomegranate Granita

Pomegranate Granita

  • Servings: 4 or 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 c. unsweetened pomegranate juice

12 servings:

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 2/3 c. water
  • Zest of 2-3 lemons
  • 5-6 sprigs fresh mint
  • 6 c. unsweetened pomegranate juice

Mix the sugar, water, lemon zest and mint together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes.

Discard the mint sprigs. You can strain it if you want to remove the lemon zest – sometimes I leave it in. Pour into a wide pan and leave to cool. You can keep this in the fridge in advance for a week or so too.

Combine pomegranate juice and lemon-mint syrup. Pour into a shallow pan and put it in the freezer.

Every half hour or so, stir the mixture with a fork to break up the ice crystals as they form. If it freezes too hard, you may need to scrape it pretty hard or put it through a food processor.

Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds and more mint sprigs, if you have them.


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