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Black Forest gateau

Black Forest gateau

Black Forest gateau is a sophisticated dessert which comes from Germany. It is essentially a combination of four flavours: chocolate, cherries, cream and kirsch. Here is my own version.

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Last modified on: November 27th 2011

For 1 Black Forest gateau, you will need:

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PreparationStart to finish
2 hours 32 min.2 hours 32 min.
Preservation: 1 or 2 days in the fridge, covered with film.
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Step by step recipe

1 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #1Prepare a chocolate-flavoured 1 Génoise (Genoa sponge): make the genoa sponge as usual, but add 2 tablespoons powdered cocoa to the flour before adding the beaten eggs.

You can scatter a few flaked almonds in the bottom of the mould or tin before pouring in the mixture, but this is not essential.
1 hour 23 min.
2 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #2Slice the sponge in two horizontally.

For real attention to detail, you can trim off the the top crust, which will help the cake to absorb the syrup later.
5 min.
3 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #3Place a layer of sponge on the serving plate. 3 min.
4 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #4Drain 200 g Griottine cherries but save all the syrup. 3 min.
5 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #5Use a brush to soak the sponge on the plate with the syrup from the cherries. 5 min.
6 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #6Surround the sponge with a band of paper or plastic to make the assembly which follows easier.

Of course, if you have a dessert ring of the right size, use this.
5 min.
7 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #7Soak 1 sheet gelatin in cold water.

Warm 3 tablespoons Kirsch in a small pan, then incorporate the gelatine and leave to cool.

Make a chantilly (whipped cream) with 200 ml liquid cream, 10 g Vanilla sugar and the kirsch.

We add the gelatine to make the cake firmer and easier to asemble. It also keeps better.
15 min.
8 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #8Spread a layer of cream on top of the sponge. If your cream is not in a cream whipper, use a forcing bag to make this easier. 5 min.
9 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #9Spread an even layer of cherries on the cream. 5 min.
10 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #10Then a second layer of cream. 5 min.
11 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #11Soak the second half of the sponge with cherry syrup and sit it on the cream layer. 5 min.
12 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #12Add a third layer of cream on the top. 5 min.
13 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #13Sprinkle with cocoa powder or scatter with chocolate chips. 3 min.
14 Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #14Remove the band of paper and refrigerate until serving. 5 min.

Remarks

If you can't get griottines, you can use amarena cherries in syrup or fresh cherries (when in season, of course). In which case, you will need to stone them first, then simmer them in a pan with a little sugar and kirsch.

For a richer and more sophisticated gateau, you can slice the genoa sponge into 3 layers (rather than two) and add an extra layer of cherries and cream.

Heston Blumenthal, the famous English chef, is a fan of Black Forest gateau, which he calls BFG. He includes surprising variations on his menu, including a little individual kirsch spray.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
10841259 gr1269 gr512 gr
542 %100 %120 %78 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
109326 gr128 gr52 gr
55 %10 %12 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 1 Black Forest gateau : 10.71 €

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Liquid creamLiquid cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Apple Batter Puddings, Pan-fried scallops and chanterelles with Noilly Prat sauce, Pumpkin (or potimarron) soup, Raw beetroot mousse with walnuts, Pork medallions with "full" turnips, ... [All]
Griottine cherriesGriottine cherries: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Piped petits-fours, Cherry and pistachio tarts, Individual charlottes with morello cherries, ... [All]
Vanilla sugarVanilla sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Toffee apple upside-down cake, Chocolate tart, Cochelin d'Evreux, Santiago Cake, Apricot blancmange, ... [All]
KirschKirsch: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Cherry clafoutis, Individual charlottes with morello cherries, Framboisier, Cherry clafoutis, ... [All]

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