A splendid, three layer torte with rich,moist chocolate cake sprinkled with a kirsch syrup and filledwith luscious sweetened whipped cream flecked with bits of brightred chopped maraschino cherries.
Recipe: German Black ForestTorte
Cake:2/3 cup butter1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder6 large eggs1 cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 cup light corn syrup 1/4 cup kirsch (cherry brandy)* 2 (10-ounce each) jars maraschino cherries, drained, rinsed andthoroughly driedWhipped Cream Filling and Topping:3 cups cold heavy or whipping cream1 cup powdered sugar1 teaspoon almond extract
Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Greaseand flour three 8-inch round baking pans.
For Cake: Over very low heat in a smallsaucepan, melt butter; remove from heat; set aside to cool toroom temperature.
In a small bowl, combine flour and cocoa;set aside.
In large bowl, beat eggs, sugar and vanillawith an electric mixer on high speed until mixture is thick,fluffy and very pale in color (about 10 minutes).
Sprinkle several tablespoons of flour/cocoamixture over top of egg mixture and gently fold in; repeat procedureuntil all of cocoa mixture is combined with egg mixture. Foldin, several tablespoons at a time, the melted butter. Dividebatter evenly among prepared pans.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until woodenpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; withknife, loosen cake from sides of pans. Invert onto wire racks;cool completely.
Place cake layers on wax paper; usinga fork, poke holes about 1-inch apart through all layers.
Combine corn syrup and kirsch and sprinkleevenly over cake layers.
Roll cherries between layers of papertowels to remove any excess moisture.
For Whipped Cream Filling and Topping:With an electric mixer on high speed, beat heavy cream, powderedsugar and almond extract until stiff. Cover; refrigerate untilready to use.
To Assemble: Place one layer on servingplate; spread with 1/2-inch layer of whipped cream. Place halfof drained and dried cherries over top to within 1-inch of edge;with second layer, repeat procedure. Place third layer on top;frost and garnish top and sides with remaining whipped cream.Refrigerate, covered, before serving.
Makes 12 servings.
*You can substitute the kirsch with 1/4cup of the liquid drained from the maraschino cherries or 1 tablespooncherry extract plus 3 tablespoons water.
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