Lemon Granita

Lemon Granita

Granita tal-Lumi

Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavourings. It originated in Sicily, where it is still very popular. Some time ago, I was in Sicily attending a congress organised by the Federation of Italian Cooks; and I was told that according to tradition the first granita was made with ice brought from Mount Etna.


600ml water
800g sugar
5 lemons
1 glass of white wine
3 egg whites


1. In a large pan, put the water sugar and wine.

2. Put on moderate heat and cook. Boil till the mixture becomes a thick but clear syrup.

3. Remove from heat and leave to cool for 15 minutes. Strain into a bowl.

4. Squeeze the lemons, taking care to discard the pips.

5. Add the lemon juice to the syrup. Mix and let the mixture cool completely.

6. When it has COMPLETELY COOLED add the egg whites. The egg whites should not be beaten. Mix well.

7. Pour mixture into a freezing dish, cover and freeze.