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GSABO - S2- Ep1 - Recipes

Carol's Black Forest Gateau

GSABO

The Great South African Bake Off - Past series

BBC Lifestyle

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1ml salt
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 1/4 cups hot brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup Kirsch liqueur

Cherry filling jam:

  • 3 cups fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juice of
  • 1 tin pitted black cherries, drained (save the juice)

Cream:

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar

Chocolate ganache:

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup cream

Assembly:

  • 100g dark chocolate, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar, for dusting
  • 1 small bunch fresh cherries, for topping

Preparation method

Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 180 C, butter and line 2 x 20cm cake tins with grease proof paper
  • Sift all the dry ingredients and set aside
  • Beat yolks, vanilla essence and oil
  • Add to the dry ingredients, then add the hot coffee, mix well
  • Whip egg whites until stiff, fold into the mixture
  • Pour batter into pans, bake for 25-30 minutes
  • Cool on wire rack before removing from the pans and cool completely
  • Once cooled, slice each cake in half and drizzle each layer with a combination of Kirsch liqueur and cherry juice (If you don’t like Kirsch liqueur, just use the cherry juice reserved from the canned cherries)

Cherry filling jam:

  • Bring cherries and sugar to the boil, use a fork or potato masher to mash fruit as it cooks
  • When liquid begins to thicken, add lemon juice and balsamic vinegar
  • Cook for 3-5min, until slightly shiny
  • Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate
  • Mix tinned cherries with cherry jam, thin with a bit of the cherry juice if required

Cream:

  • Whip heavy cream with icing sugar until soft peaks

Chocolate ganache:

  • Heat the cream and add chocolate to make a sauce

Assembly:

  • Spread the top layer of cake with cream, fresh cherries and chocolate shavings
  • Drizzle with chocolate ganache, making sure it drips to the sides (this makes the cakes irresistible)
  • Dust with icing sugar