Start your day like the Sicilians with an ice cold ‘granita di mandorle’

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Ice cream for breakfast ? Well, if it’s up to the Italians! Not only do they enjoy a brioche with a scoop of ice cream for breakfast, they also like to start the day with an ice-cold ‘granita di mandorle’. In other words: an almond granita.

Breakfast with ice cream in Sicily

Last summer in Berlin we ate such a ‘granita di mandorle’ at a shop in stoneware Italian ice cream and… we couldn’t believe our luck. This almond granita comes from Sicily, where the summers start early and hot. And then you can use such an ice cold breakfast.

In Sicily you eat the granita on or with brioche, with an espresso on the side. Not a crazy start to the day, right?

What is granita di mandorle (or almond granita)

For granita di mandorle almond paste is usually used, supplemented with sugar and water. Some recipes use whole almonds that are ground together with sugar into a paste. And there are also recipes in circulation that use almond milk (or other milk) and almonds, for an extra creamy result.

And then there is also a difference in taste if you use white unroasted almonds or go for roasted almonds.

Make your own almond granita

Almond Granita is not difficult to make. With a blender you have already done half the work. The most labor-intensive part of it is that you have to stir the granita from the freezer with a fork every hour for four hours. But you might like to spare that for such a delicious breakfast.

In any case, what you should do is watch the episode of the Netflix series Chef’s Table: Pastry with Caffè Sicilia’s Corrado Assenza (season four, episode two). This Sicilian chef specializes in making cannoli, gelato and granita (including granita di mandorle). Oh, can we go to Italy again?

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