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Recipe

Egg-free chocolate and cherry loaf

This delicious and easy to prepare chocolate and cherry loaf is the perfect accompaniment with your mid-morning cuppa! The perfect balance of sweet and fruity!

  • 25 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

Egg-free chocolate and cherry loaf
  • 3 cup plain flour, sifted
  • 2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup cold water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cream
  • 200 gram dark chocolate, chopped
Cherry cream
  • 1 cup pure cream
  • 1 tablespoon icing mixture
  • 400 gram can pitted cherries, drained, chopped

Method

Egg-free chocolate and cherry loaf
  • 1
    Preheat the oven to moderate, 180C. Grease and line two 7-8 cup capacity loaf pans.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Make a well in the centre. Pour in combined water, oil, vinegar and vanilla, stirring to combine.
  • 3
    Divide batter between pans. Bake 45 minutes, until cooked when tested. Cool completely in pans.
  • 4
    In a heat proof jug combine cream and chocolate and microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Cool 15 minutes.
  • 5
    Make cherry cream: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, whip cream and icing sugar mixture to soft peaks. Fold cherries through.
  • 6
    Trim rounded rounded tops off each cake so that they are flat. Position one cake on serving platter. Top with cherry cream and sandwich tother with remaining cake. Spread ganache over top.

Notes

Use fresh pitted cherries if they are in season or swap for some chopped strawberries.

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