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This dessert has it all, taste, ease and elegance. Start about two hours before time to serve to allow the granita to freeze.

This recipe makes about 4 healthy servings.

1/2 cup finely ground espresso
1/2 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean sliced lengthwise
2 cups boiling water
2 cups whipping cream

1. Place the dry ingredients in a bowl. (a mixing bowl works great and a french press coffee pot is ideal!)

2. Add the boiling water and stir. Allow the mixture to steep for 2 - 3 minutes. Strain through a coffee filter into glass container and place in the freezer.

3. To completely set up the granita needs about two hours. Periodically take a fork and "fluff" it up. You want it to have the texture of snow.

4. Just before serving add the granita to an elegant fluted glass. Then a layer of whipped cream, then another layer of granita. Top with a final dollop of whipped cream. Amazing.