Frozen Cappuccino

Deconstructed coffee ice cream. That’s what this is.

Espresso, sugar and cream combine forces to make a simple frozen treat that will have people coming back for more.

I can’t imagine a better treat eaten under strings of outdoor lanterns on a warm summer evening. This is how I’d want to have coffee in the morning on a super hot summer day. Can you really blame me?

Hooray for three ingredient recipes. That’s what summer living is all about!

And we’re off!

Brew your espresso. If you don’t have espresso, you can use instant espresso. Just make 2 cups worth. If you don’t have instant espresso, I imagine really strong coffee would do the trick here.

In a mixing bowl, mix your espresso with the sugar. Let it dissolve. It works really well if your espresso is hot.

Pour the sugary espresso into a glass dish. I used a pie plate because I wanted my espresso to freeze faster.

After about 6 hours in the freezer, it’s set. You can do this overnight and prepare everything right before serving.

Scrape the espresso into a granita using a fork.

Make a little whipped cream. Don’t whip it TOO much. We wanna simulate the froth of a nice cappuccino.

Get your dishes/cups/bowls ready.

Put the granita in.

Add a dollop of whipped cream on top of each dish.

ENJOY!

So simple. So satisfying. SO DELICIOUSLY EASY.

Want to jazz it up? Top the whipped cream with a little bit of fresh orange zest. How about reducing the sugar and adding a little homemade amaretto in?

 

Frozen Cappuccino

serves 4-6

recipe from Heart of the Artichoke by David Tanis

  • 2 cups espresso coffee
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Stir the coffee and 1/2 cup of the sugar together to dissolve the sugar,and pour the mixture into a Pyrex baking dish or other flat pan. Taste for sweetness. It should be rather sweet; add more sugar if necessary. Cover and put in the freezer for up to 6 hours or overnight.

When granita is set, pull the dish from the freezer and let it thaw a bit. When it’s just a bit mushy, scrape with a fork. Then return the dish to the freezer until ready to serve.

Beat the heavy cream in a small bowl until just set. You don’t want a stiff whipped cream for this recipe. Scoop the granita into small cups and top with a dollop or two of whipped cream.

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  • Sounds like the perfect way to cool off in the summer! love simple recipes!

  • June 11, 2012

    So easy and so fun looking! Yum!

  • June 11, 2012

    i am in LOVE with this – and you’re right, 3 ingredients are what it’s all about. totally making this for dessert sometime this week!

  • June 11, 2012

    I think this would be fabulous with a little sprinkle of cinnamon on top. yumm.

  • June 11, 2012

    I can’t wait to make this. Holy moly it looks good!

    • Tracy
      June 11, 2012

      Schmoop!

  • June 11, 2012

    Classy, simple, and delicious… YUM!

  • June 11, 2012

    YUM! Can NOT wait to run home and prepare :)

  • June 11, 2012

    Love this. And I have that book! Gonna have to try this soon.

    • Tracy
      June 11, 2012

      Isn’t that book amazing? I think this is the 6th recipe I’ve made from it. They’re all winners.

  • June 11, 2012

    OH my GOSH, TRACY! This is such an amazing idea! I cannot wait to try this.

    You probably have to be careful not to eat too much of the granita, or else you’d be flying off the walls with caffeine!

    • Tracy
      June 11, 2012

      Yeah! You totally have to be careful. I ate a cup before I went on a plane and was BUZZING!!

  • June 11, 2012

    Love this! And love the design of your site :)

  • Genius. And TASTY.

    I love you.

    • Tracy
      June 11, 2012

      Ha! That’s all it takes?

  • June 11, 2012

    I mean, I’m always excited by your recipes, but this one sounds like my heaven. Mmmm. Tracy, you rule.

    • Tracy
      June 11, 2012

      Thanks, Amy!! xo

  • June 11, 2012

    This looks delicious – a great easy way to put my fancy pants new espresso machine to work! Have you thought about doing any coffee tutorials? You are always drinking such lovely looking beverages from your espresso machine but I can’t seem to figure mine out!

    • Tracy
      June 11, 2012

      Maybe I will one day! To be honest…I make a lot of Americanos because I have no time in the morning to steam milk. Cappuccinos are usually my weekend treat. The husband is REALLY good at making them.

  • I LOVE this idea!!!

  • June 11, 2012

    So cute!!! So So Cute!!

  • June 11, 2012

    Yum! Always love new ways to enjoy espresso/coffee. Now all I need is an espresso machine :)

    • Tracy
      June 11, 2012

      :)

  • June 11, 2012

    this is exactly how I want my morning coffee every summer day!

    • Tracy
      June 11, 2012

      for real!

  • Holly
    June 11, 2012

    Do you have any recommendations for an espresso machine? This treat along with the machine would make my husband very happy on Father’s Day.

  • jenny
    June 11, 2012

    this post makes me wish I liked coffee. sad face. I can imagine how this would be soooo good!

  • Tamara
    June 11, 2012

    Love your polka dot mugs! Do you remember where you got ‘em?

  • June 11, 2012

    Oh my, this looks like the perfect summer treat…

  • June 11, 2012

    Doing this before summer is over!

  • June 12, 2012

    Already sold on most anything I can make ahead of time, and this looks like it’s begging for a brunch to go with it.

  • June 12, 2012

    This looks delicious! That recipe book has been on my Amazon wish list for a long time, I think it’s time to purchase!

  • Sanaa
    June 12, 2012

    I love this and will definitely be making it this weekend, when it will be 90 degrees and humid! I agree with the request for a tutorial on how to make espresso drinks – also, how do you clean your machine? Just let it steam for a while?

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • Tracy
      June 12, 2012

      I’ll have my husband help you out. He’s the espresso machine master!

      • Sanaa
        June 13, 2012

        Thanks, Tracy! I am learning so much reading your site!

  • Laura
    June 12, 2012

    listening to your podcast with JTB and feel like leaving a comment and not being categorized as a lurker ;)
    - this looks amaz! I need to make it Thursday to impress the in-laws.

    • Tracy
      June 12, 2012

      Thanks for listening/commenting!!! much love!

  • June 13, 2012

    I have never been tempted to make granita until I saw this. I think I have to try it this weekend…or tonight.

  • June 15, 2012

    I’ve recently been on a serious granita kick – who knew it was so easy to make! I think it’s very clever that you made a frozen cappuccino…it makes total sense. With the hot weekend ahead, I could definitely go for some of this…

  • Sergio
    June 18, 2012

    *(Jaw drops) Genious!

  • Laura D
    May 15, 2013

    I know this post is old, but where did you get those polka dotted mugs?? They are adorable!

    • Tracy
      May 15, 2013

      Thank you! My mother in law gifted them to me. I think she got them at One King’s Lane a while back!

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