Pomegranate and Rose Granita
-The New York Times-
Time: 30 minutes, plus freezing
Yield: 6-8 small servings
Scant 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 sprigs mint (visit the fresh herb section in Produce)
1 2/3 cup 100% pomegranate juice
1/2 teaspoon rose water
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
2 tsps. dried rose petals
1. Add sugar and 7 Tbsps. water to a small saucepan and place over high heat. Stir continously, until sugar has dissolved and the liquid comes to a boil.
2. Add mint, reduce heat to mediumlow and simmer for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large bowl, pressing on the mint to extract the water. Discard the mint.
4. Whisk the pomegranate juice and rose water into the syrup until combined. Pour into a container and freeze 2 to 3 hours, until clumps form and the edges are solid. (The shallower the container, the shorter the freezing time.) Use a fork to separate the crystals and freeze for another 2 hours. Repeat this process until the liquid has frozen into separate crystals throughout, about 8 to 10 hours total.
5. To serve, divide the granita between small glasses and sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds and rose petals.
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Image credit: Rikki Snyder for the New York Times