Friday, March 27, 2009

refreshing lemon granita...


When faced with a box of Meyer lemons what do you do? Well, for starters you make lemon granita or lemon sorbet!

I perused many recipes for lemon sorbet and found everything under the sun! Cream, no cream, lots of sugar, a little sugar, and so on. I got to work, juiced and zested my lemons, and wound up with a wonderfully tart and refreshing dessert. What a great way to end my day!
My Lemon Granita
  • 1 cup of Meyer lemon juice, freshly sqeezed
  • 1 cup cactus honey powder
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Lemon zest, approx. 1 to 2 TB.
Simmer the water and cactus honey powder until dissolved. Remove from heat and add in lemon juice and zest. Pour into shallow baking dish and freeze. After several hours scrape with fork . You can scrape again if you wish in a few hours. Let freeze.

To serve scrape with spoon or small scoop, or just scoop out in chunks.

You may remember my trip to H-mart a few months ago. One of the goodies I picked up was Cactus Honey Powder. For a serving size of 28g, approximately 3 tablespoons, you have 0g fat, 27g carb, and 0g sugar. I have used it in small quantities in things like waffles, but this was my first attempt at using it as a full fledged sweetener. It says right on the package that it's made from pure and natural cactus honey, but a quick search on the web didn't reveal much more than basic information and recipes. It added a honey-ish flavor without an overwhelming sweetness. In the bottom right of the collage you will see my Meyer lemons. They look a little orange but they are sweet lemony goodness!

Enjoy!

20 comments:

  1. Cactus honey powder? Wow, I didn't even know the cactus had honey. How interesting! Glad it turned out well. Sounds like it would be ideal for a recipe like this.

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  2. Lemon granita sounds so refreshing and delicious. I've never heard of cactus honey either! But it sounds like it worked well in your beautiful granita. I really enjoy using Meyer lemons and try to grab them up whenever I see them in the stores. The pretty orange color is typical of this variety, which I believe is a cross between a lemon and an orange.
    Happy Friday! :) K

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  3. This looks so refreshing! I think I'm being taunted with all of the Meyer Lemon recipes...ha ha, you can't find Meyer Lemons...but look at how beautiful they are...LOL! YUMMY!

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  4. WOW!! Ihave to look for honeypowder, is it a common ingredient? Id love to try this.. it absolutely sounds refreshing!!

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  5. This granita looks wonderfully refreshing! I have never heard of Cactus honey powder - sounds neat! How many lemons did you use to get a cup of juice?

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  6. Hmmm, never even heard of cactus honey! Well, I love anything lemon and the granita sure sounds good. BTW, when I tried the link that you posted in Twitter I kept getting an error message - but I just clicked on your home page to get to the post.

    I love Meyer lemons - they are just different and so much better than regular lemons. I planted a tree in a pot last year and got about a half dozen lemons off of it the first year. I'm hoping for more this year!!

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  7. Cactus honey powder? Huh!

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  8. Super cool post Bliss...I made my granita the other night with honey, and it was not super sweet, and made a great shooter...I forgot however to take a photo like yours, and it looks fabulous, and the yellow color makes me want some... If we were neighbors, I would be knocking on your door often (calling first of course)...

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  9. ~Thanks for your great comments. I would love to know more about this product so if you know feel free to pass it my way.
    ~5star, about 8 lemons for a cup
    ~My New 30, thanks, I'll check it out.
    ~Chef E, come on over!!

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  10. I'd love to try this but I don't think I could stand the sound of a fork scraping over it. I'm getting the jeebie heebies just thinking about it!!

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  11. Never heard of cactus honey before, I'm intrigued. I want a Meyer lemon tree wicked bad. Once I have a place that gets enough sun I'm totally getting one.

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  12. This screams 'Welcome to Spring!' Mmmmmm.

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  13. How delicious, so fresh and bright! What is this strange cactus honey powder? I must find some!

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  14. I've been wanting to try to make a granita for a long time and this one looks dynamite! I love meyer lemon!

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  15. That looks lovely-I hope you are interested in having this featured in the meyer lemon wrap up next week.

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  16. I NEVER find Meyer lemons (or key limes) except when I'm in Florida. Your granita sounds delicious. Never heard of cactus honey either. I wish I had a dish of your confection right now.

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  17. Hmmm, I have nevr heard of cactus honey, but the lemon granita looks sooo good!

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  18. This looks like a perfect treat for a hot summer day, since we get those in spades here in Tejas I'll have to keep tabs on this recipe!

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  19. This is the word 'refreshing' in deliciously edible form! Thanks for bringing something new to the table - I'm going to keep an eye out for cactus honey.

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