Plum Granita with 3 types of Plums (Vegan Treat)

>> Thursday, August 19, 2010

damson plums; black plums; empress plums; varieties; variety; types; kind; plums; fruit; organic; Czech Plums

Today I have another recipe review recipe for a Plum Granita. Granita is an Italian dessert made from fruits, sugar and spices that are pureed then frozen and served similar to a sorbet or an Italian Ice. If you are looking for a healthy and refreshing treat for the whole family this is it. It's also a great alternative to making ice cream because you don't need an ice cream maker and of course the calories will be much lower in the Granita than in ice cream.

The recipe come from Epicurious.com, and it is a great recipe for Granita beginners. When ever I try a recipe that isn't mine I usually end up tweaking it or adjusting it to my taste and this recipe was no different. You will notice the changes I've made with an * next to them. Also the recipe calls for one type of plum but I had 3 different types that I wanted to combine to see what it would taste like. The three plum varieties are Black Plums , your standard sweet and juice dark plum. The second type is a local Czech variety that is slightly sweet and slightly tart but still delicious called Damson Plums. The last or third type is Empress Plums also slightly tart and a bit dry. You will also notice that the recipe suggest topping the Granita with fresh fruit, I think it's a great idea I just ran out of fruit but maybe next time. Well on to the recipe, enjoy!

damson plums; black plums; empress plums; varieties; variety; types; kind; plums; fruit; organic; Czech Plums

Plum Granita with Summer Fruit (adapted from epicurious.com )

Ingredients:
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 whole allspice
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise *(substituted with 1tsp. Vanilla extract* )
1 1/2 pounds plums, preferably red-fleshed (about 7 large), pitted, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
*plus 1 Tbs. Plum wine

Fruit Toppings:
1 peach, pitted, thinly sliced
1 nectarine, pitted, thinly sliced
1 plum, pitted, thinly sliced

Instructions:

Combine water, sugar, allspice and cinnamon in heavy small saucepan. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced to 3/4 cup, about 2 minutes. Cool syrup completely.

damson plums; black plums; empress plums; varieties; variety; types; kind; plums; fruit; organic; Czech Plums
Puree 1 1/2 pounds plums in processor. Press enough puree through sieve to measure 1 1/2 cups. Strain syrup into puree and blend well.** I used all of the plum puree including the skins because I didn't want to be wasteful- But be warned that this may make the Granita a bit more tart so compensate with more sugar if you like** Transfer mixture to 9x5x3-inch glass loaf dish.
damson plums; black plums; empress plums; varieties; variety; types; kind; plums; fruit; organic; Czech Plums
Freeze plum mixture until flaky crystals form, stirring every 30 minutes, about 4 hours. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover; keep frozen.)

damson plums; black plums; empress plums; varieties; variety; types; kind; plums; fruit; organic; Czech Plums
Spoon granita into 4 glass goblets. Top with peach, nectarine and plum slices and serve immediately.

damson plums; black plums; empress plums; varieties; variety; types; kind; plums; fruit; organic; Czech Plums

14 comments:

Stella August 20, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

Hi Nancy! This granita has such and rich & beautiful color. I bet it's so healthy too! I really like plums lately. I've been buying these organic black plums that are so sweet and perfumed.
Oh, and thanks for the info on the table. I might actually try to find a table that I can stain-neat.
p.s. putting you in my sidebar if that's okay!?

alison August 20, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

wow,what a dramatic color,love it!

Magic of Spice August 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

Stunning color, and I love that you used three different plums. You made it look easy :)

Evan @swEEts August 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM  

I recently made watermelon granita.. it has to be one of the easiest desserts and if you don't put a lot of sugar in it, it's pretty healthy too! Plum granita sounds delicious!

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron August 20, 2010 at 3:39 PM  

Great summer dessert! I've tried the first 2 plums but not the 3rd. Interesting. Love the color and your personal touch (plum wine, Nancy! It looks so succulent. Yum!

5 Star Foodie August 20, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

A plum granita sounds wonderful, a perfect summer treat! All three plum kinds sound excellent!

JillyAn August 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

This looks so refreshing and wonderful. Very nice photos as well. Thanks for posting.

Thella August 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

that looks refreshing :D you made plums look very versatile too. great photos too, as always :)

Pacheco Patty August 21, 2010 at 7:38 PM  

Such a nice way to use delicious summer plums, love all your spices, of course! The granita looks very refreshing in your photos, well done:-)

girlichef August 21, 2010 at 9:34 PM  

Oh my...it's absolutely gorgeous! This is a fabulous thing to do with plums...which just happen to be everywhere around here right now! YUM =)

Noelle August 22, 2010 at 1:46 AM  

WOW, so creative and delicious. I want some now. SUch a great color too!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets August 22, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

What pretty still life shots of the different plums and I love the idea of enjoying them in granita.

Conor @ Hold the Beef August 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

I like how you added the skins too - I am of the same opinion about wasting such goodness!

Looks just gorgeous, and the plum trio makes for a super fancy treat :)

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