Cherry chocolate crumble

A rich cherry, chocolate and coconut crumble dessert recipe

This is the second crumble that I’ve posted, but I really do love a crumble. They’re fruity, juicy, cakey, and ever so simple to make. The perfect dessert for entertaining too, because they’re so easy to upsize.

A rich cherry, chocolate and coconut crumble dessert recipe

Desserts really shouldn’t feature in my house as often as they do, and given there is only my husband and I to eat them, I try to align my cooking of them with weekly dinners with my family so that the delicious sweetness can be shared around. Much less tempting if it’s gobbled up by others and not in the house for long!

A rich cherry, chocolate and coconut crumble dessert recipe

Cherry chocolate crumble

  • Servings: 4-6
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Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 350g Morello cherries, pitted and drained
  • ½ cup reserved Morello cherry juice from the jar
  • 150g strawberries, sliced (can be frozen)
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dessicated coconut

For the crumble topping:

  • 60g unsalted butter, softened
  • 70g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 30g dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Place cherries, strawberries, cherry juice and sugar into a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer gently for 10 mins.
  2. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fruit from the saucepan and place in a bowl. Bring the cherry syrup to a boil for 5 mins until the liquid has reduced by half. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, use your hands to rub the butter into the flour. Rub until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  4. Add baking powder, sugar, coconut and cocoa powder to the flour & butter mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius.
  6. Return the fruit to the cherry syrup. Mix through the chocolate chips and dessicated coconut. Spoon the mixture into individual sized ramekins. Sprinkle the top with a generous amount of crumble mixture.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 mins or until the crumble is golden and the cherry mixture is bubbling underneath. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Pineapple and Coconut Drizzle Cake

Pineapple and coconut drizzle cake - perfect tropical vibes to freshen up a wintery rainy day!

Pineapple has such tropical vibes; I always associate it with summer. What a superb way to freshen up a dull and dreary Melbourne winter weekday. It has me dreaming of sunny beaches and summery breezes.

The pineapple I bought for this cake was lovely on its own. It was so juicy and sweet. The best pineapple I’ve ever had was in Fiji, on my honeymoon. But this pineapple was almost as good!

Pineapple and coconut drizzle cake - perfect tropical vibes to freshen up a wintery rainy day!

Coconut is the perfect flavour to combine with pineapple. And using coconut cream means that this cake is super easy to make dairy-free – just substitute the butter with a dairy-free spread and you’re good to go! I actually did this the second time I made this cake to cater for some dairy-free friends and it tasted just as good.

I decided to emulate the texture of a lemon drizzle cake by soaking the cake with a pineapple sugar syrup. Combined with a topping of shredded coconut, the texture of this cake is dense and intense and oh so tasty!

Perfect for an afternoon cuppa on a rainy day.

Pineapple and coconut drizzle cake - perfect tropical vibes to freshen up a wintery rainy day!

Pineapple and Coconut Drizzle Cake

  • Servings: 8
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Ingredients

  • 110g unsalted butter, softened
  • 110g caster sugar, plus 30g extra
  • 2 eggs
  • 130g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 35g dessicated coconut, plus a handful extra
  • 125ml coconut cream
  • 100g fresh pineapple, cut into chunks

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180° Celsius. Grease a 20cm cake tin with spray oil.
  2. Place pineapple chunks into food processor and whizz until pureed. Strain the pineapple puree and reserve the juice in a small bowl. Place both pineapple puree and pineapple juice to the side.
  3. Cream the butter and 110g of the sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one by one.
  5. Fold in the flour, baking powder and coconut.
  6. Stir through the coconut cream and pineapple puree until combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into cake tin and bake in the oven for 35 mins or until golden on top, and a skewer comes out clean.
  8. While the cake is baking, mix 30g of the extra sugar with the pineapple juice to create a thick paste.
  9. Leave the cake to cool for 5 mins, before turning out onto a wire rack. Use a skewer to poke holes all over the cake. Pour over the pineapple sugar syrup while the cake is still warm. Sprinkle extra coconut over the top and leave to cool fully before storing or eating! Keeps well for 2-3 days in an airtight container.