Monday, August 7

Willkommen KirschTorte

I'm actually learning a lot in this little venture of mine. I had a German cookbook I bought off the sale rack at Barnes and Noble for $6.99 and had a great forward that explained a lot of the agriculture in the region and what types of foods are staples in the recipe that caught my eye was the KirschTorte (kirsch= cherry and torte=cake). It looked like it had potential- chocolate, cherries and vanilla whipped cream.

Now that I knew where I wanted to start, I went searching for different recipe's to find the right combination. I came across one at, Andrea's Recipe Box, and what a coincidence is that she made one earlier this past week.

But my searching wasn't over, I had to find black cherries and I wasn't hopeful. When I was doing my staples run at Safeway, I found a jar of cherry pie filling to have just in case I couldn't find the right variety. I knew that if I was to have any luck, I'd have to go to my favorite overpriced gourmet grocery store, AJs.

Jackpot, you wouldn't believe what was on display when I walked in, freshly imported jars of black cherries! Can you believe my luck?

I got to cooking following Andrea's recipe and it took a lot of concentration. There were phases and steps and this before that and not this before that. Oy! The recipe calls for cooking one cake and cutting the cake into layers. I picked up a tip from our friend Martha. She says that if you place toothpicks around the cake, that will help guide your cutting. No more lopsided layers.

So the cake isn't as dense as a pound cake and isn't as light as a regular sheet cake, it's somewhere in the middle, you could call it a mittletorte (mittle= middle). The cake is actually quite pretty with the whipped frosting and chocolate shavings. I didn't take time to create the same decorative edge Andrea did and I didn't reserve cherries to garnish the rim. I'm not that advanced. It's hard enough for me to just get the steps in order!

Now that I got the most important part of dinner out of the way, I cooked a main dish, it was a leg of lamb with a gherkin sauce (gherkin= pickle). That sauce, it didn't look too appetizing, I must admit. Have you ever sauteed pickles, mixed in flour and then added broth? It made this lighter than mustard yellow gravy. Don't let looks deceive you, it was actually very good.

I had all this ready on queue for when my husband came home from a "conference" in Las Vegas. I must say, this "conference" really worked out for me, look what he brought home!!! It's my first Louis!


Blogger Andrea said...

Thanks for the link! Sounds like you had a pretty good experience making the cake.

4:08 AM  

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