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Clementine Granita

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 1 quart.

Servings: four.

Although a frozen dessert might not be your first thought for deep winter, this granita is a refreshingly light and delightful finish to a rich winter meal. And it’s a snap to make.


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped clementine zest (from 2 to 3 medium clementines)
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 cups fresh clementine juice, with pulp (from 18 to 20 medium clementines or about 4 lb.)

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on four servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 230
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 5
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 35
  • Carbohydrates (g): 57
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 1


  • In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar, zest, a pinch of salt, and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is clear, about 2 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly as you juice the clementines.
  • Stir the juice and syrup together, pour into a small metal pan, such as a loaf pan, cover with plastic, and freeze for 2 hours. Stir the mixture with a spoon, breaking up the portions that have become solid, and return to the freezer. Stir every 30 minutes until the mixture is evenly icy and granular, about 2 hours more.
  • Cover and return to the freezer until ready to serve. To serve, scrape with a spoon to loosen the mixture, and spoon into small bowls or glasses.

Make Ahead Tips

The granita may be made up to one week ahead.


If you have an ice cream freezer, this recipe works equally well as a sorbet.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • Joy123 | 01/16/2009

    This is a very delicious and refreshing dessert. I used my ice cream freezer. I served the granita in tuille cookie cups

  • enightshade | 07/06/2008

    Bit of a pain to make (count on more time than suggested) but it turns out to be fresh and light and delicious.

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