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White chocolate & cherry loaf

White chocolate & cherry loaf

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  • Cuts into 12 slices

This indulgent cake is perfect for tea in the garden

  • Freezable (Without frosting)
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal485
fat29g
saturates17g
carbs53g
sugars39g
fibre1g
protein7g
low insalt0.63g
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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 225g butter , softened
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs , beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour , sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 375g fresh cherries , pitted
  • 175g white chocolate , chopped into small chunks

For the white chocolate frosting

  • 100g white chocolate , broken into small pieces
  • 140g half-fat mascarpone
  • white chocolate curls or fresh cherries, to decorate

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a 1kg loaf tin with baking parchment, making sure the paper comes up higher than the sides. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then add the eggs, a little at a time, along with the vanilla. Fold in the flour until you have a smooth mixture.

  • STEP 2

    Dust the cherries in a little flour, then carefully stir half of the fruit and chocolate into the mixture. Spoon into the prepared tin, then scatter the remaining cherries and chocolate on top, pressing them in lightly. Bake for 1 hr 10 mins - 1 hr 15 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Make sure you don't mistake melted chocolate for raw cake mix. Leave to cool in the tin for a few mins, then turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. This can now be wrapped tightly in cling film and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

  • STEP 3

    Remove the marscapone from the fridge to come to room temperature. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Quickly stir in 1 tbsp of the marscapone, then beat in the rest (be careful not to overbeat the mixture or it will go grainy). Spread over the top of the loaf and finish with white chocolate curls or fresh cherries.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2008

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