This month's Blogger's Scream for Ice Cream challenge (Kavey's monthly blogging event which fuels my ice cream addiction) is frozen treats inspired by hot drinks.
I pondered the theme for a while. Kavey's post said "think tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bovril, maté, hot ribena, lemsip" and I did for a moment or two consider a bullshot-inspired ice cream. But I'm not Heston and I don't think I quite have the cooking chops to carry that one off. I know my limitations. Just because it is a challenge doesn't mean it has to be challenging...
I mulled the theme over for a while longer before realising that "mulled" was indeed the way to go. A light, fresh, crystalline granita with all the flavours of one of my favourite winter beverages. It was going to be perfect, I thought.
Mulled Wine Granita (serves 4)
200ml fresh cloudy apple juice
1 strip orange zest
1 stick cinnamon
1 star anise
2 cardamom pods, bruised
200ml dry red wine
Combine the apple juice, sugar, zest and spices in a small saucepan, and bring gently to the boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for a couple of minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 15 minutes. Strain into a plastic box and add the wine. Cover and freeze, giving a couple of stirs with a fork every now and again to ensure that the crystals aren't too big.
Flake with a fork into glasses to serve.
I haven't had his assessment of my frozen caffè lattes, but I think it is a good one - strictly for coffee lovers!
2 eggs, separated
100g caster sugar
1tbs instant coffee (I always use decaf for desserts, otherwise I can't sleep!)
1tsp Camp coffee
2tbs kirsch (or rum, brandy, kahlua, Baileys, whisky etc)
170ml single cream
Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and instant coffee with an electric mixer until the sugar and coffee has dissolved and the mixture has doubled in volume. Fold in the Camp coffee, booze and cream. Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks, and fold thoroughly into the coffee mixture, trying not to knock too much air out of it.
Divide between 4 glasses, cover with cling film and freeze. The egg whites should make the mixture separate into two layers. Remove from the freezer a couple of minutes before serving.