Chocolate Cherry Fudge Recipe
Cherries are one of my favorite treats. I love it when drinks come topped with cherries. In fact, the main reason I frequent some restaurants is just so I can pick the cherries they serve with cocktails out of my cup and eat them. Sometimes I sit back to think about what I can add cherries to to make them taste even better.
So, needless to say, I was quite excited about this chocolate covered cherry fudge recipe. Its rich chocolate flavor, sweet cherry taste, and crunchy nut texture will no doubt delight your taste buds. Here's how to prepare this delicious cherry fudge in the form a cake. I love mine decorated with chocolate on the sides and I'll explain how to go about that as well.
- STep-by-step InSTRuctions
For the chocolate cherry fudge:
- Coconut palm sugar
- 1/4 cup dark cacao powder
- 14 oz. unsweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt to taste
For the chocolate side decoration:
- 1/3 cup dark cacao powder
- 7 oz. cacao butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
Prep time: 2 hours 30 mins (includes chilling time)
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 2 hours 35 mins
Serves: 1 cake
- Combine the coconut sugar, condensed milk, almond butter, cacao powder and salt in a medium-duty saucepan and place the mixture over medium heat. Bring to a full boil while stirring constantly. Let the mixture simmer for 4 to 5 minutes before removing from heat.
- Add in dried cherries, vanilla extract, and ground almonds. Stir vigorously for about 1 minute. Pour the mixture into a round baking pan lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, prepare a molten chocolate mixture that will be used to decorate the sides of your round chocolate cherry fudge. Melt cacao butter and coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in cacao powder and honey while stirring the chocolate mixture constantly. When it forms a smooth paste, remove from heat and set aside.
- Remove the semi-frosted chocolate cherry fudge from the fridge and then measure its height and circumference. Cut a small piece of foil using those dimensions and spread it with the melted chocolate mixture. Carefully place one end of the foil against the side of your chocolate fudge. Slowly turn the round chocolate fudge to wrap the foil around it.
- Return the chocolate fudge to the parchment paper lined baking pan. Pipe the top border of the chocolate fudge using the melted chocolate mixture then chill until it sets. When ready, peel the foil from the sides of the chocolate cherry fudge before cutting the cake into smaller pieces.