Chocolate cherry kirsch hearts recipe

Chocolate cherry kirsch hearts

Ingredients150g/5 oz good quality plain chocolate25g/1oz hazelnuts, roasted and chopped For the chocolate and cherry loaf:350g/12 oz can black cherries60ml/4 tbsp kirsch liqueur5ml/1tsp almond essence200g/7oz good quality plain chocolate175g/6oz creamed coconut, grated100g/4oz hard (block) vegan margarine200g/7oz vegan oatmeal digestive biscuits50g/2oz hazelnuts, roughly choppedMethodUse a medium heart shaped cutter (about 3-4 inches across) to draw 6 heart shapes on a piece of baking parchment, place on a tray or baking sheet.Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water.Spoon into a piping bag and outline the hearts on the baking parchment, then fill in with extra melted chocolate.Sprinkle chopped roasted hazelnuts over two of them and place the tray in the fridge to harden.For the chocolate and cherry loaf:Lightly oil a 450g/1lb loaf tin and line with baking parchment.Drain the cherries retaining the juice, and reserving 1 tablespoon of cherries.Put the remaining cherries in a bowl and pour over the kirsch liqueur and almond essence.Leave to marinade for 2 hours.Melt the chocolate, creamed coconut and vegan margarine together over a gentle heat. Roughly crush the oatmeal digestive biscuits and stir into the melted mixture with the hazelnuts.Add the marinated cherries and any remaining liquid.Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and lightly smooth the top.Cover and chill for 2 hours.Turn out and cut 4 slices, each 1cm/1/2" thick.Use the cutter to cut out a heart from each.To servePlace a plain chocolate heart on a serving plate.Top with a chocolate and cherry loaf heart, repeat, then top with a nutty chocolate heart. Use the remaining hearts to make a second stack. Chill until ready to serve.Chop the reserved cherries and mix with a little of the reserved juice (sweeten with a little icing sugar if required).Drizzle onto the plates around the hearts just before serving.

Recipe created by the Cordon Vert Cookery School at The Vegetarian Society, Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4QG,