Surrey Street Treats for Valentine’s Day: strawberry, lime and rum granita

By - Wednesday 11th February, 2015

Jess Bashford prepares a light and fruity dessert to follow dinner with your valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The shops are going to start filling up with dine-in deals and lots of creamy, chocolatey treats. But sometimes I think all the rich, romantic food can get a bit much. So I’ve come up with a fresher idea that’s still indulgent – a strawberry, lime and rum granita. That way you can try something different with Surrey Street market’s strawberries and limes as well as skipping the normal chocolate pud.

Granita’s a bit like a slightly softer, broken-up sorbet. I like to serve it in a glass for dessert. But it would just as easily work as a twist on a cocktail, if you’re trying to impress.

Before you start

Remember that this needs to freeze, so play it safe and make it a day or so before you want it.

Strawberry, lime and rum granita: ingredients

From the market: 10 strawberries, half a tsp lime zest and 100ml lime juice. (I used three limes to get that much juice.)

From the kitchen: 175ml water, 112g sugar, 50ml white rum.


1) Pop your sugar and water in a pan over a low heat so the sugar can dissolve. (This will only take around a minute.)

2) Then stick that into a jug with your lime zest and juice, rum and chopped-up strawberries. (I like to leave a couple of strawberries for decoration at the end.)

3) Let it cool down before you pour the mix into a container that won’t leak.

4) Now just stick it in the freezer. All you have to do then is give it a stir every now and again.

5) Once it’s frozen, it’s ready to serve. If it’s frozen completely solid, then just break it up with a fork. I think it’s a nice touch to put a strawberry on the edge of the glass – if you want to look like you’re making a bit of an effort.

6) All that’s left is to eat your (romantic) Surrey Street treat.

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford is a writer at a brand language consultancy and an English literature and creative writing graduate. She’s passionate about showing that Croydon is a great place to live and excited to delve into Croydon’s cultural side. She loves all things wordy and foody.

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