Recipe

Choc-cherry slice

Chocolate, cherries and coconut come together in perfect harmony to create a rich and indulgent treat.

  • 45 mins preparation (plus cooling and refrigeration)
  • Serves 16
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Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup (50g) self-raising flour
  • ⅓ cup (50g) plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup (50g) desiccated coconut
  • ¾ cup (165g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 90 g unsalted butter, melted
Coconut cherry filling
  • ¾ cup (130g) caster sugar
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) milk
  • 1⅔ cups (130g) desiccated coconut
  • 1 egg white, beaten lightly
  • ¼ cup (40g) icing sugar
  • ¾ cup (150g) red glacé cherries, halved
Chocolate topping
  • 200 g dark chocolate, chopped coarsely
  • 60 g butter

Method

Base
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease a 20cm x 30cm rectangular slice pan; line base and long sides with baking paper, extending the paper 5cm over the sides.
  • 2
    Combine sifted flours and cocoa, coconut, sugar and butter in a medium bowl; press mixture evenly over base of pan. Bake base for 20 minutes or until firm. Cool.
Coconut cherry filling
  • 3
    Place caster sugar and milk in a small saucepan; stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Cool for 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in coconut, egg white, sifted icing sugar and cherries. Spread over cooled base, smooth surface. Cover; refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm.
Chocolate topping
  • 4
    Meanwhile, place chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl over a medium saucepan of simmering water (make sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water); stir until smooth. Spread evenly over filling.
  • 5
    Refrigerate slice for 3 hours or until topping has set. Cut into pieces with a hot knife.

Notes

Not suitable to freeze. Chocolate topping suitable to microwave.
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The base can be made to the end of step 2, a day ahead. Slice can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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