Blood Orange, Black Pepper & Basil Granita Recipe

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Eat the Week: Every meal, every daySuper-easy to make, this granita is seriously refreshing. And I love the idea of turning dessert into an after-dinner digestif.

  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar
  • 10½ fl oz (300 ml) boiling water
  • handful of basil leaves
  • 2 blood oranges, peeled
  • 35 fl oz 4 cups (1 litre) (35 fl oz/4 cups) blood orange juice
  • 7 fl oz (200 ml) lemon juice
How to Make It
  1. Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water.
  2. Using a pestle and mortar, pound the basil leaves to a paste.
  3. Put the sugar syrup, blood oranges, blood orange juice, lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper in a blender and briefly blitz to break up the blood orange, then mix in the basil paste. Taste for seasoning and sweetness and adjust if necessary.
  4. Transfer to a large stainless-steel tray or bowl and place in the freezer. Leave for half an hour, then scrape with a fork and return to the freezer for another half hour. Scrape again, then freeze for another half hour, by which time it should be properly frozen. Scrape again before serving.

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