Classic Italian Coffee Ice

Granita di Caffè con Panna

Preparation info

  • Makes about

    3 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Classic Home Desserts

By Richard Sax

Published 1994

  • About

This ice tastes like crystalline frozen espresso, eaten with a spoon, and it’s very easy to make. The coffee is brewed strong, sweetened to taste and then frozen into chunky, flavor-packed crystals.


  • 3 cups hot strong-brewed espresso
  • ½-⅔ cup sugar
  • Whipped cream, for serving
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  1. Sweeten the coffee with the sugar to taste while hot, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cover and chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.
  2. Pour the coffee into a pie pan or ice-cube trays without the dividers. Carefully place in the freezer until the mixture is firm around the edges (usually after about 45 minutes).
  3. Cut it into coarse crystals with 2 knive