Saturday, November 8, 2014

Passion fruit water ice

Astringent passion fruit makes a delightfuly refreshing water ice.

* Makes about 1 1/4 pints
  • 12 ripe passion fruit
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

Scoop out all the fruit pulp and juice and strain into a bowl to remove the black seeds. Stir in the water, sugar, and juices. Chill for about 30 minutes while the sugar dissolves. Stir occasionally.

Pour the mixture into a freezer container and freeze until almost firm, stirring and breaking up into crystals once or twice.

When ready to serve, break up the water ice with a fork until it has a granular consistency. Serve with panna cotta or crème brulée and a little fresh passion fruit juice poured over at the last moment.

Variations:

  • Passion fruit & cape gooseberry water ice
Prepare the basic granita, replacing half the passion fruit with 1 cup ripe cape gooseberries (physalis), crushed and puréed.

  • Passion fruit & melon water ice
Prepare the basic recipe, replacing half the passion fruit with 1 cup cantaloupe melon purée.

  • Passion fruit & mango water ice
Prepare the basic recipe, replacing half the passion fruit with 1 cup mango purée.

  • Passion fruit & rum water ice
Prepare the basic recipe, replacing the fruit juice with 3 to 4 tablespoons light rum.

  • Passion fruit & orange water ice
Prepare the basic recipe, replacing half the water with orange juice.