Thursday, September 01, 2011

September 1

School has started. Some leaves are turning and even falling from the trees. The inevitable shift of seasons has begun...except that it is still warm. Gloriously, sun-shiny warm. Almost 90 degrees and the air heavy with humidity warm. Like summer.

This secretly (well, not so secretly now that I am blogging about it) pleases me. I will be shivering in 30 below wind chills soon enough. Let the sun hang on and warm the days awhile longer. I won't complain.

I will give a nod to the changing seasons with some Apple Pie Granita. It is all the flavor of autumn in a refreshingly cool and icy dessert. Perfect for almost 90 degree temperatures in September.

3 cups apple juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
pinch of ground allspice

In a saucepan, combine all of the ingredients and cook over low heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved.
Pour into an 8-inch square glass baking dish.
Freeze until icy around the edges, about 1 hour.
Using a fork, scrape the icy shards into the center.
Continue to freeze, stirring occasionally, until slushy throughout, about 3 hours.
Scoop into bowls and serve. (Serves 8)


  1. This looks so interesting Fran. I'm assuming it's best to eat when still slightly soft and slushy.

  2. Yes, Paula. The granita is like a snow cone or slushy. A very good snow cone. :-)


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