Monday, 6 July 2015

Black Forest Gateau


My husband LOVES Black Forest Gateau and a good recipe is surprisingly hard to come by. A lot of BFG recipes are more like a chocolate cherry layer cake in form, rather than a light and squishy gateau. The best recipe I have found, is Delia Smith's original Black Forest Gateau recipe, rather than her 'Return to the Black Forest' recipe which is a roulade in form. The original recipe it is not available on line, so I have decided to share it on the blog. My husband's greed can also be your gain...

Ingredients List

6 large eggs
142g (5oz) caster sugar; 
50g (2oz) cocoa powder, sieved; 
285 ml (1/2 pint) double cream; 
1 level tbs. caster sugar; 
1 tin or jar of pitted morello cherries (700g) drained and juice reserved
50g (2 oz) plain chocolate 
3 tbs. kirsch or cherry brandy.

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade, 356 degrees Fahrenheit or gas mark 4.
1) Grease and line two eight inch sandwich tins or three six inch sandwich tins if you would like to make a triple layer cake like mine. 
2) Separate the eggs and whisk the yolks with the sugar until pale and quite thick. 

3) Fold in the cocoa powder in two batches.


4) With a clean whisk beat the whites until stiff but not too dry. Stir a large spoonful of the whisked egg whites into the cocoa mixture to loosen it then carefully fold in the rest of the whipped whites in two batches.


5) Divide the mixture between the tins and bake on the centre shelf of your oven for 15- 20 minutes.


6) Check that the cakes are baked by inserting a skewer into the centre of the cakes. The skewer should come out clean and the cakes should be springy. Leave to cool in tins for 10 minutes and then release from the tins on to a cooling rack whilst still slightly warm.


To decorate:

1) Add the the tablespoon of caster sugar to the cream and softly whip it - it should just about hold a soft peak when the whisk is lifted from the surface, but should it still be floppy and voluptuous. 

2) Remove the baking paper from the cooled cakes. Stir together the kirsch or cherry brandy and the reserved cherry juice. Drizzle the cherry/kirsch liquid over the cakes and leave for five minutes so that the cakes soak up the liquid.

3) Layer up the cakes with the softly whipped cream and most of the drained cherries.

4) Spoon some cherries on the top in the centre of the cake and pipe some swirls of cream round the edges. Grate the chocolate over the cream on top to decorate.

Alternative: Increase the amount of cream to 568 mls (1 pint) so that you have enough cream to around the edges of the cake and press chocolate sprinkles on to the sides.



1 comment:

  1. I've never made a black forest gateau before, when my little boy asked me for one I came across yours and decided to give it a go. I bake professionally, do a lot of wedding cakes. I have got to say I was concerned about the lack of fat or flour in this recipe. I don't think the sponges were sweet enough, quite bitter and dry, also they were very flat with little rise. It could also do with the addition of some cherry jam with the cherries when layering up. It was OK, but I don't think I will use this recipe again, needless to say my little boy didn't like it either.

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