Cherry Ripe Tartlet

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Cherry Ripes are one of those chocolate bars that you either love or hate. I’m in the latter camp – they’re always the last chocolates sitting at the bottom of my Favourites box. It’s funny really, because when you break it down there’s no reason not to like them . Cherry? Yum. Coconut? Yum. Chocolate? Yum.

So when McDonald’s released a limited edition Cherry Ripe McFlurry I wasn’t too sure what to expect – and to be honest, I didn’t think I would like it! But my husband and I decided to try it for a Saturday afternoon treat. And guess what? Somehow they’ve managed to create a Cherry Ripe McFlurry that pulls out all the best parts of a Cherry Ripe without that divisive quality – think creamy soft serve ice cream topped with a light cherry sauce and lots of chocolate flakes. Yum!

Having enjoyed the Cherry Ripe McFlurry so much I decided to come up with a Cherry Ripe inspired recipe of my own – a beautiful cherry and coconut tartlet that’s absolutely packed with real cherry flavour. Yip, even though it’s not cherry season you can make a beautifully flavoursome cherry dessert without using faux-cherry essences.

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Imagine a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate tart shell filled with a thick, rich cherry and coconut mixture and topped with dark chocolate ganache. Sounds good, right? While it may look a little complicated, this tartlet is really simple to make – all you need is a bit of time so you can make sure all the beautiful flavours come out.

The star of this dessert is the filling – it’s where all the beautiful cherry and coconut flavours get a chance to shine. The trick is letting the pitted black cherries, glace cherries and cherry syrup simmer away on your stovetop until you’re left with a thick cherry compote. Once cool, simply stir in the shredded coconut and you’re pretty much finished. Not too hard, right?

Whether you love or hate Cherry Ripes, you should definitely give this dessert a try –  it’s so good you’ll want to skip dinner and eat dessert first! But if you don’t have the time (or patience!) to try this out yourself, then just swing by McDonald’s and grab a Cherry Ripe McFlurry – I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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Makes four small tartlets

Ingredients

Shell – recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 140g butter, softened
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Filling – recipe adapted from Taste.com.au

  • 425g can pitted black cherries in syrup
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup red glace cherries, chopped
  • 3 tsp cornflour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Ganache

  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ cup cream

Method

Shell

  1. Cream together butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and vanilla, and mix until well combined.
  2. Add dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Divide dough into four and press into greased tartlet pan. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Prick base of tartlet shells with fork. Place shells in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Filling

  1. Drain black cherries over a bowl and reserve ½ cup syrup.
  2. Place black cherries, caster sugar, glace cherries and reserved syrup into a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove 2 tablespoons of cherry mixture and place in a small bowl. Add cornflour and mix until smooth and combined.
  4. Return to cherry mixture and cook for a further 1 minute or until cherry mixture thickens. Pour cherry mixture into a medium bowl and allow to cool.
  5. Once cool, add coconut and stir through until well combined. Spoon mixture into prepared tart cases and firmly pack until level with the top of the tart shells. Place in fridge to set.

Ganache

  1. Place chocolate and cream in a small pot over medium heat and leave for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Slowly stir, beginning from the centre. Continue until combined, smooth and glossy.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Spoon over tartlets and top with glace or fresh cherry if desired

Inspired by the Cherry Ripe flavoured McFlurry. This post was made possible with thanks to McDonald’s. The new Cherry Ripe Flavoured McFlurry® is now available after 10.30am for a limited time. 

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