Here’s a fun fact: I dislike cucumbers but love pickles. In sorta the same vein I dislike fresh cherries but love Cherry Ripes. I’m not a massive chocolate fan [it was a different story when I was a teen] but when the choc urge strikes it just HAS to be a Cherry Ripe. The makers occasionally taunt me with a ‘limited edition’ extra dark chocolate version of Cherry Ripe but once they have been discontinued I go into mourning. Every time I’m in a $2 shop I greedily search out any left-over stock but it often amounts to disappointment and heart-break.
When I found a recipe for this easy slice that contained many of the ingredients of a Cherry Ripe I was hooked. You can find it in Family Circle’s Biscuits and Slices book, which is an oldie but a goody. This is ideal for a morning tea as it can thrown together easily and you’re likely to have most [if not all] of the ingredients in your pantry. Switch the dark chocolate for milk or even white if you like – feel free to be a rebel and mix it up. As is my wont I reduced the amount of sugar and changed a few others things too.
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup sugar
125g butter, melted
50g dark chocolate
1 cup glace cherries, finely snipped
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup chopped almonds [the original used pecans]
2 lightly beaten eggs
LET’S GET TO IT:
Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 30cmx25cmx2cm shallow tin.
Place flour, coconut and sugar in a bowl and mix, then add butter and stir to combine.
Place batter in tin evenly.
Make topping by mixing cherries, brown sugar, coconut and almonds in a bowl. Add eggs and combine then spread evenly over batter in tin.
Bake for 8-ish minutes or until top is pale gold.
Allow to cool in tin completely.
Meanwhile melt chocolate, then place in zip lock bag, cut off corner and drizzle over the top.
Cut into squares after chocolate has hardened.