Black Forest Gateaux

Our lovely friend Mary LOVES black forest gateaux. We love Mary so as we reported yesterday we made Mary a black forest gateaux.

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Now as the gateaux needed to be gluten free we did plan to make it with rice flour but a quick flick through a couple of recipe books gave us an idea (well Becksie). How about a completely flour free cake but instead of making an actual cake making a very thin tray of cake that we could cut into pieces and layer with fruits cream and ganache. Sound good? Here’s what we (Becksie) did.

You will need:

A large flat baking tray lined with greaseproof paper

4 eggs

100 grams caster sugar

50 grams cocoa

1 punnet of cherries

3 tablespoons of blackcurrants

2 tablespoons gooseberries

Dash of kirsch

2 teaspoons of granulated sugar

250 mls cream

Small chocolate bar (45 grams)

All this assembled here’s what you do. Preheat the oven to 200c.

Black Forest 4Add the egg yolks to the sugar and whisk until you have a thick mousse like mix.

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Sieved the cocoa and add it to the mix. It should now look something like this:

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In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until you have soft peaks.

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Fold the chocolate mix into the egg white mixture and put in the lined baking tray just so:

Black Forest 7Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.

Whilst the cake is cooking chop up 2/3rd of the cherries and place in a pan with the blackcurrants and gooseberries (other fruits would work well but….we used what we had) the granulated sugar and the kirsch. Cook the fruit until soft and then mash a little and allow to go stone cold.

Black Forest 13When the cake is cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tray. When it is cold remove and remove paper. It should look as unattractive as this:

Black Forest 12Whip 230mls of the cream into soft peaks.

Heat the remaining 20mls of cream until it comes to the boil then add 30grams of chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted.

cut the cake into three strips and layer cake, fruit mix and cream.Black Forest 11Top with cream. Black Forest 6Dip the remining ‘display’ cherries in the ganache and arrange on the top. Black Forest 10Drizzle with the remaining ganache. Black Forest 9Grate the remaining chocolate over the top.

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Chill, serve and enjoy!Black Forest 14


10 thoughts on “Black Forest Gateaux

  1. Nope! You made her a black forest gateau. Gateaux is the plural πŸ˜‰

    It does look LUSH though I’ve got to say πŸ˜€ I love your tiramisu-style take on it πŸ™‚

  2. Mm… looks so yummy and forgiving for those of us with not the best culinary skills. πŸ™‚ Will have to share this with all my non-wheat loving friends. πŸ™‚ thanks for the inspiration.

  3. And it was reeeeally as nice as it looks, I was just thinking about it and I’m gonna make it one day when Mary is deserving. Or just eat it all by myself.

    Ps. The lot of you have missed the accent from the ‘a’ of gayteoux xxx

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