The weather may be sizzling hot but here's something to keep you fresh and cool. It's one of my favourite treats to make during summer. Granita is basically a semi-frozen dessert made of granular ice with a sugar-syrup base, usually flavored with fruit pure, coffee, or wine.
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup white rum
1 kg chopped pineapple
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups vanilla-flavoured yoghurt
Place the sugar, water and rum in a small saucepan over low heat and cook stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat to high and bring to the boil for 2 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
Sprinkle the pineapple with the salt and place in a blender with the cooled sugar syrup. Process until smooth. Place in a bowl with the yoghurt and whisk to combine. Pour into a shallow metal tin and freeze for 2 hours.
Using a fork, rake the top of the granita and freeze for another hour. Repeat every hour for 3-4 hours or until the granita is set.
Recipe by Donna Hay