Almond Granita

Almond Granita

A few months ago I was watching Chef's Table: Pastry, and was pulled in by the episode featuring Corrado Assenza—a Sicilian chef who specializes in cannoli, gelato and granita.  

Prior to watching this episode, I had never heard of the Sicilian tradition of eating granita for breakfast. There are debates on whether or not lemon or almond was the best flavor but I was drawn in by the idea of eating something cold and refreshing like granita in the morning. 

It's traditionally served with brioche and espresso which sounded like the perfect summer morning breakfast. Since I don't drink espresso, I completely nixed that part of it. I do like brioche but had some difficulties when I tried making it by hand so I'm not sharing that recipe. It's been a while since I've made bread and I've never attempted brioche. Perhaps I'll try it again in the near future. 

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Nectarine Frozen Yogurt

Nectarine Frozen Yogurt

Wow, two years since having this blog and this is the first frozen treat I've made!

And I only realized this because this does not fall under the category of kneading, baking or cooking. Hmm, I sense a flaw in my recipes section. But, I'll figure that out at another point in time. 

Looking back, this is actually the second frozen treat on this blog. Technically, I made these ice cream sandwiches two years ago but the bulk of the recipe was baking and the ice cream was of the store bought variety. 

Frozen yogurt brings back memories of high school in Hawaii and going to Yogurtland after school with friends. It was such a treat. I, of course would go the all chocolate route. Chocolate froyo with Heath bar bits, chocolate chips, malt balls and M&Ms all hopefully at an appropriate weight of pure goodness. You would rarely ever find fruit in one of my frozen yogurt concoctions.

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Bubble Drinks Two Ways

Bubble Drinks Two Ways

Is it just me or are tapioca pearls just a little bit scary?

When they're coming up the straw, they come fast. You have to prepare yourself because you never know how many you'll end up having to chew at a time. It could be none or it could be five. It's completely unexpected. Also the thought of having all of those half chewed pearls dancing around in your stomach is a little bizarre if you think about it. You don't ever fully chew them (or at least I don't).

Uncooked they look like animal droppings or animal feed, you take your pick. And when you cook them they expand into what look like chocolate malt balls. As they cool, they shrink and are kinda slimy, kinda squishy, and not the most beautiful thing in the world. 

Yet, I'm completely disregarding all of this for the sake of making a homemade version of this drink. Boba/bubble tea/bubble drink, or however you choose to call it is such a popular drink and also such an easy one to tackle at home. Although it took me two tries to get it right, it's not as hard as it may seem.

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