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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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationStart to finish
2 hours 32 min.2 hours 32 min.
Keeping: 1 or 2 days in the fridge, covered with film.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 1 hour 23 min.
Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #1
Prepare 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.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #2
Slice 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.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
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Place a layer of sponge on the serving plate.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
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Drain 200 g Griottine cherries but save all the syrup.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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Use a brush to soak the sponge on the plate with the syrup from the cherries.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #6
Surround 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.

Stage 7 - 15 min.
Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #7
Soak 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.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Black Forest gateau : Photo of step #8
Spread 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.

Stage 9 - 5 min.
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Spread an even layer of cherries on the cream.

Stage 10 - 5 min.
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Then a second layer of cream.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
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Soak the second half of the sponge with cherry syrup and sit it on the cream layer.

Stage 12 - 5 min.
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Add a third layer of cream on the top.

Stage 13 - 3 min.
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Sprinkle with cocoa powder or scatter with chocolate chips.

Stage 14 - 5 min.
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Remove the band of paper and refrigerate until serving.

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
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,479 Kcal or 14,566 Kj59 gr424 gr162 gr
174 %23 %40 %25 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
351 Kcal or 1,470 Kj6 gr43 gr16 gr
18 %2 %4 %2 %
Per Black Forest gateau
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,479 Kcal or 14,566 Kj59 gr424 gr162 gr
174 %23 %40 %25 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Home made.

More recipes?

This recipe uses (among others)
Liquid creamLiquid cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Madras rice, Pain perdu, Chantilly cream, Creamy risotto with diced vegetables and flax seeds, Apricot fool, ... All
Griottine cherriesGriottine cherries: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Individual charlottes with morello cherries, Galette de Fougerolles, Piped petits-fours, Cherry and pistachio tarts, ... All
Vanilla sugarVanilla sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chocolate cake, Caramelized brioche with pear and kiwi, Apple Strudel, Nantes Tourton, Arizona cupcakes, ... All
KirschKirsch: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Individual charlottes with morello cherries, Cherry clafoutis, Framboisier, Cherry clafoutis, ... All

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