Espresso Granita con Panna

Espresso Granita con Panna

I’ve just had two servings of this for breakfast and I feel so happy, not to mention – energized! This is a truly wonderful summer treat for coffeeholics like me. But be aware that each portion contains a serious doze of caffeine. So, if you don’t want to be held responsible for any fatalities, make sure people you are serving it to don’t suffer from elevated blood pressure, or use decaffeinated espresso instead.

Espresso Granita con Panna

Serves 6


  • 2 cups hot espresso
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream


In a bowl, whisk together the espresso, brown sugar, and salt until the sugar has dissolved. Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Pour the mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan (like Pyrex). Cover tightly and freeze for 2 hours, or until the mixture is starting to freeze around the edges. Scrape the frozen edges back into the mixture with a fork. Repeat every 30 minutes for about 3 hours, until evenly sized ice crystals have formed. It’s not recommended to make granita well in advance. But you can make it a few hours before serving, just scrape it once in a while.

Right before serving, whip the cream until stiff peaks have formed. Divide the whipped cream between the serving glasses. Scrape the granite once again and scoop it over the whipped cream. Serve immediately.

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18 Responses to “Espresso Granita con Panna”

  1. I discovered your blog through the Darings Bakers.Estoy thrilled with the recipes, with photos .. ….. have a blog is like expectacular.I like everything.The recipe zabaione-chocolate-cake-with-grappa –soaked cherries this to lick the screen and the slush with his two textures .. …. I’m excited.Me before you pay.
    forgives if I do not speak good English (solo hablo bien español)desde Madrid…..xoxo

  2. I think that you have the most beautiful collection of servingware that I’ve ever seen! Where did you get the trays, the cups (or is it mugs?), spoon, linens and jug from??!! What wouldn’t I give to own such lovely things…The lighting’s beautiful too…what kind of light conditions did you take these photos under?

  3. Ooh, that looks like the perfect dessert following a heavy dinner! The amount of caffeine won’t bother anyone I know, since Swedes drink coffee like there’s no tomorrow. My father-in-law even has to have a cup before bedtime, or he won’t be able to sleep. It looks really delicious!

  4. Another wonderful recipe – and I just bought some cream, too!

  5. Have you noticed that your last two posts are colour coordinated with your blog? :) The granita looks wonderful and I absolutely love the cups and spoons. Where did you find them?

  6. Dessert for breakfast! I like the way you think! :)

  7. your blog and your photographs are wonderful! I’ll be back for sure!

  8. Cookemila, thank you for your kind comment. I’m glad you like what I do. And there’s no need to apologize for your English. This is not my first language either, and I’m sure I often say strange things :)

    Christy, I suffer from severe case of compulsive buying syndrome :) I try hard not to visit my local kitchenware stores but somehow my feet carry me there. So unfortunate for the family budget.
    On the last photo is not a jug, it’s my old love, a stove-top espresso maker from Bialetti.
    Regarding the light. This is a day light, right from the window in the kitchen. I wish I had some special devices like screens, umbrellas, soft boxes, etc. to play with. But I don’t have any :( May be one day… For Christmas (this is a hint to my husband).

    Angelica, thanks for your comment. I must be Sweden somewhere deep inside; can’t live without my espresso.

    Madam Chow, thank you for your kind words.

    Dragon, you are very observant! Regarding the servingware – I’ve just answered Christy the same question.

    Y, I wish everybody liked my thinking :)

    Bonbon Oiseau, thank you very much for your kind comment. I’ll be glad if you visit again.

  9. decaffeinated espresso? i laugh. :) i’m a certified coffeeholic, and this is delightful–great recipe!

  10. Wonderful post! As are all your posts. I have been reading you for awhile and you never cease to amaze me. :)Keep up the great work.

  11. Love your blog – particularly your photos. For me a blog is only worth reading if the photos are quality – and yours are fabulous! I’ve tagged you to write your own Meme. Stop by my blog (entry “My Meme”) to see the rules!

  12. I love coffee granitas, and yours looks just fabulous!

  13. I think we have the same coasters…that I use for plates all the time, perfect size don’t you think?!
    I was just thinking about a coffee granita last night so I feel energized and happy now that I have seen yours! And on top of pana cottas? Sublime!

  14. Wow! Now this is something I’ll seriously have to consider making my husband on those long nights he stays up studying during law school! Yeah, I can definitely imagine the caffeine high one would get after consuming this! It looks so good though, and I’m not even a coffee fan (though I do love me some chocolate cake with coffee thrown in :D).

  15. This is such a wonderful idea! I would love it on pana cotta!
    I think I would have fun shopping with you!!

  16. thanks for the comment on my blog–i cannot wait for another post here! hurry!!!!

  17. Grace, I know decaffeinated espresso sounds funny, but pregnant women might disagree :)

    Gigi, thank you very much for your words.

    Lisa, thanks for the kind comment and for expressed interest to myself. I’ll check the rules, thank you.

    Miri, thank you. I liked the way it tasted too :)

    Helen, I went to your blog to check on the coasters, and it does seem like we shop in the same store :)
    The idea with pana cotta is wonderful indeed.

    Sophie, I’m in sympathy with your husband. I still do remember those studying nights…

    Laurie, I’m sure we would have a lot of fun :)

    Bonbon Oiseau, thank you. I’ll try not to disappoint :)

  18. Outrageous! Coffee anything for me. I want to follow you around when you go shopping as you find the best in kitchen/serve ware, and I am not a shopper. Lovely photos.

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