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Black forest cherry gateau

Serves 16
Prep time: 2 Hours
Cooking time: 30-40 Minutes

"This recipe is a traditional recipe from the Black Forest in Germany. This gateau is known worldwide, and this is a particularly delicious version, which is not too difficult to create."

Ingredients

Method

  • 120 g butter
  • 120 g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4 eggs
  • 70 g ground almonds
  • 100 g finely grated dark chocolate
  • 60 g flour
  • 60 g cornflour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 Tbsp. kirsch
  • 600 ml cream
  • 750 g preserved morello cherries
  • 1 Tbsp. cornflour
  • Shaved dark chocolate
  • 16 glacé cherries
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Base:

  1. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla essence, add eggs one by one, then almonds and chocolate.
  2. Mix and sieve flour, cornflour and baking powder and fold into the mixture.
  3. Bake mixture in a 26 cm springform tin at 180ºC, about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Filling:
  5. Drain cherries, reserving liquid.
  6. Thicken liquid with 1 Tbsp. cornflour, remove from heat and add cherries.
  7. Leave to cool.
  8. Whip cream.

Assembling:

  1. Leave base to cool for at least 2 hours, then carefully cut horizontally into 3 even layers (about 1 - 1.5 cm thick each). Place layers next to each other on the benchtop and drizzle the bottom and middle layers with kirsch.
  2. Spread half the cherry mixture on the bottom layer, add cream to make an even layer.
  3. Place second layer on top, press gently, and top with remaining cherry mixture and more cream.
  4. Place top layer on top and press gently.
  5. Fill a piping bag (star shaped nozzle) with cream and set aside.
  6. Spread remaining cream thickly over the top and sides of the gateau, covering it completely. This step will hide any unevenness.
  7. Carefully mark top into 16 even slices, decorate the wide end of each slice with a piped cream rosette and place a glacé cherry on top. Pipe a larger decoration into the middle of the gateau and sprinkle with chocolate shavings.
  8. Decorate sides of gateau with chocolate shavings.
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