The three ‘C’s – chocolate cherry coconut.
I often get asked about my inspiration for cooking, where do I get my ideas to create a new recipe? This recipe came from the cherries at the fruit shop. Coming up to summer and Christmas is cherry time in Australia and they are one of the many stone fruits I look forward to.
There’s only one summer fruit that I don’t like. I’m not going to say which one it is, but you may notice that I’ll never post a recipe with that fruit in it. I’ll leave you to ponder which fruit it may be.
But cherries! Cherries I love.
I saw the cherries a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been thinking about what to make. And then it dawned on me. A chocolate, cherry and coconut slice. My idea was to use fresh cherries in the filling until I realised how difficult it would be to pip enough cherries. I started pipping them, but ate so many in the process that it really wasn’t going to work out. So I took the easy way out and used tin cherries instead.
Which means I still have piles of fresh cherries just to eat at random. Score!
The ganache is similar to what I use to make truffles, which you can find in my Desserts cookbook. It’s smooth and decadent and creamy and chocolate-y. There’s no shame in not making the full slice and just making the chocolate ganache. I’d even forgive you for eating it straight from the saucepan.
If you do make the whole slice, maybe you’ll need to make extra ganache just in case you keep trying it out before you even put it on top of the cherry layer. It’s seriously that good!Print
Chocolate Cherry Coconut
- Prep Time: 40 mins
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 48 squares 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Australian
- 2 cups almond meal
- 4 tbsp organic rice malt syrup
- cup ¼cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder or extract
- pinch Himalayan salt
- 2 cups cashews
- 2 tbsp coconut nectar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1 can pitted cherries
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 180 g dark chocolate
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 can coconut milk (270mL)
- Soak cashews for 2 hours in filtered water.
- Line the base of an 20 cm square removable base tin with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, place almond meal, rice malt syrup, cacao, vanilla and salt and mix until well combined.
- Press into prepared tin and place in freezer whilst preparing the filling.
- Drain and rinse cashews and place into a blender.
- Add coconut nectar, vanilla, coconut oil and cherries and blend until combined.
- Stir through shredded coconut.
- Place in freezer for half an hour to set.
- Break dark chocolate up into chunks and place into a heat proof bowl with the coconut oil, salt and vanilla.
- Place the coconut milk into a small saucepan and heat gently until boiling.
- Slowly pour coconut milk over the chocolate and stir until chocolate melts.
- Place in freezer to set.
- Remove from freezer and place in fridge for 30 minutes before serving.
- The chocolate is quite soft and will start to melt in the heat.
The recipe only needs about 30 – 40 mins of hands-on prep time but it does require some time to set in the freezer, so allow a couple of hours to complete it.