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Green tea granita

Green tea granita
Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

There is something to be said about undertaking a complicated recipe. The thrill of a new challenge, flying solo with nothing more than your blind faith in the written word and the lure of a pretty picture. Then the labor, ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time | Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 quart water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tea bags of unsweetened and unflavored green tea
  • 2 sprigs mint, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed pink peppercorns, optional

Step 1In a medium saucepan, combine the water, lemon juice and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, then remove from heat.

Step 2Add the tea bags and mint to the pan and steep the tea for 3 minutes.

Step 3After 5 minutes, strain the mixture into a large baking dish. Set aside until cool. This makes a generous 3 cups base.

Step 4Stir in the crushed pink peppercorns, if using. Freeze, stirring every half-hour or so until the granita is frozen. To serve, shave the granita, raking the tines of a fork across the surface to break up the crystals. Serve immediately.


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