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Chocolate Cherry Kirsch Hearts

Prep time 15 mins, cook time 3 hrs

Serves 4

Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan

Preparation Notes

Cooking time includes 2 hours to marinate the cherries at step 2.


For the chocolate hearts

  • 150g good quality plain chocolate
  • 25g hazelnuts roasted and chopped

For the chocolate and cherry loaf

  • 1 x 350g can black cherries
  • 4 tbsp kirsch liqueur
  • 1 tsp almond essence
  • 200g good quality plain chocolate
  • 175g creamed coconut grated
  • 100g hard vegan margarine
  • 200g vegan oatmeal digestive biscuits
  • 50g hazelnuts roughly chopped


  1. Use 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Turn out and cut 4 slices, each 1cm/1/2″ thick. Use the cutter to cut out a heart from each. Place 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.

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