Mint granita with Apple Juice

It’s so sunny and hot today. I can’t deal with the heat,  so I cooled myself down by recreating Heston Blumenthal’s mint granita and apple juice. My family and I enjoyed this after dinner, steak and mashed potatoes (yum!).

IMG_0774This was a great way to use up all of my granny smith apples that have been in the fridge for way too long. The only problem I had was that I didn’t have nearly enough mint to make even half of his recipe. I bought 2 large bunches of mint, assuming that it was enough. Silly me. Instead, I went ahead and made 1/2 a quantity of the granita but with less mint. The end result was a milder mint flavour but was still robust enough to shine through the apple juice.

IMG_0573Mint is removed from the boiling water and transferred into an iced water bowl

IMG_0591Blending up the mint with sugar and water

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IMG_0602Blended mint mixture is being sieved

IMG_0637Mint mixture is transferred to a deep baking tray

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Adapted from Heston Blumenthal at home, 2011

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the mint granita

  • 60g Mint, leaved picked
  • 40g caster sugar

For the apple juice

  • 4 Granny Smith apples

Directions

  1. Fill a saucepan with cold tap water and bring to the boil. While the water is coming to a boil, prepare a bowl of iced water.
  2. Add mint leaves into the saucepan when it has come to a boil, leave in there for 10 seconds. Using a strainer/slotted spoon, transfer the mint into the iced water bowl for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove leaves and squeeze excessive water. Let the leaves dry even further on paper towels.
  4. Add blanched mint, 250ml of cold water and sugar into a blender. Blend for 3 minutes. Pass the liquid into a sieve and pour into a metal baking bowl or deep-sided baking tray and store in the freezer. Whisk mixture with a fork every 20-30 minutes for approximately 1hr and 30 minutes until mixture is quite crystallised. Transfer into a sealable container and store in the freezer for another hour.
  5. Juice the apples and pass through a sieve.
  6. Use a fork to grate the granita and spoon into chilled glasses. Pour apple juice over the granita and serve immediately.

IMG_0730UPDATE: Since I used up all of the apples from the previous night, I had the leftover granita with coconut water and that was so good too!

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