Friday, 10 April 2015

Fat Friday #37 Sacher Torte


First of all Happy Birthday Sofia!! Its her birthday and it falls on a Fat Friday which is totally awesome! So happy birthday Sof! I'm sure she would approve of a dark chocolate sacher torte. Its more like a brownie then a cake, which makes it horrid to cut, but with the dark glaze it tastes amazing. Its not a cake that you can keep moonching on, its a rich cake so take it easy. But it IS Fat Friday so go for it!
Torte (recipe kindly provided by my pastry tutor) ingredients:
  • 6oz bitter chocolate
  • 3oz butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4oz sugar
  • 5 egg whites
  •  ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  •  A little apricot jam to brush on the cake and put in the middle of the cake
Glaze Ingredients:
  • 6oz dark chocolate
  • 1oz butter
  • 2oz double cream
  • Plus a little extra melted white chocolate or milk if you like to pipe on top of the cake.
Equipment:
  • Whisk/handwhisk
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Pan of hot water
  • Wooden spoon
  • 9 inch cake tin lined with silicone paper
  • Pastry brush
  • Piping bag
  • Serrated knife

Cake Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4/350f.
2. Combine the chocolate and butter and melt over a pan of water
3.Whisk the yolks with 1oz of the sugar until pale.
4.Beat the egg and sugar mixture into the melted chocolate.
5.Whisk the egg whites with the remaining sugar to create a meringue.
6.Combine 1/3 of the meringue to the chocolate then gently fold the remaining meringue.
7.Pour into a 9 inch cake tin and cook for 40 minutes. Once cooked leave to cool on a wire rack.
8.Cut into 2 layers with the serrated knife and, using a palette knife, spread a little layer with apricot jam. Assemble the cake back together and brush of the crumbs.

Glaze Method:
1.Combine the chocolate and butter and melt together.
2.Boil the cream and fold in the chocolate mixture.

To Complete:
1.Place the cake on top of the wire rack with a tray underneath to catch the glaze.
2.Using a spoon and a palette knife spread the glaze on the cake and let it drip down the sides of the cake. Wait until the glaze has set. 
3.Traditionally, you can pipe ‘Sacher’ on the top of the cake using extra chocolate and a piping bag.
Happy Birthday Sofia! Have a great weekend!
Bake On! Penny x
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