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Classic German Chocolate Cream Gateau

Classic Chocolate Gateau 

Back in the 80-ties an aunty made cakes – big cakes and she made a chocolate gateau as well. A simple chocolate sponge with a chocolate cream. This cake is typical German, not too rich on ingredients, simple to make and just chocolate. 

This cake is inspired by these kind of simple gateau’s I know from the 80-ties, just yummy and I made it in the morning, ready for tea time in the afternoon.

Here some tips for making this cake.

  • If you have time, prepare the sponge, the short pastry layer and the cream the day before you build the cake together.
  • For decoration you can use any chocolate pieces or any other kind of decoration. I kept it simple and just dresses some cream roses on each piece.
  • You can add some flavor to the syrup like some coffee or some alcohol, Irish liquor or rum fit well.
Classic Chocolate Gateau

Sponge cake as it came out of the oven. 

Classic Chocolate Gateau

The shortbread layer before baking.

Classic Chocolate Gateau

the sponge cut in 3 layers.

Classic Chocolate Gateau

The cake with the bottom shortbread layer, the jam and the first sponge layer.

Classic Chocolate Gateau

the cake with the second sponge layer.

Classic Chocolate Gateau

The layers of the cake. If you make more cream you can make the cream layers thicker.

Classic Chocolate Gateau

The cake cut open to show the layers.

 

Classic German Chocolate Cream Gateau

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Serves: 16

This is a traditional chocolate cake as you can find it nearly at any party, at least in the 80ties this was the case. It is simple and easy to make and has a nice chocolate flavour.
Ingredients
For the Sponge:
  • 8 medium free range eggs
  • 200 g sugar
  • some vanilla extract
  • 130 g flour, best high grade, but all purpose flour is fine as well
  • 130 g cornstarch
  • 20 g baking powder
  • 40 g cacao powder
For the Cream
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 200 g milk chocolate
  • 800 g cream
For the Sugar Syrup
  • 50 g sugar
  • 50 g water
For the short bread layer
  • 100 g flour
  • 50 g butter
  • 25 g sugar
Others:
  • Some jam, apricot, cherry or the flavor you like.
  • Some chocolate for decoration or any other decoration you like.
Instructions
For the Sponge:
  1. Preheat your oven to 175C / 350 F, top and bottom heat.
  2. Separate the eggs and beat the whites until they are stiff.
  3. Beat the yolks with the sugar and vanilla for 5-8 minutes until it is a thick creamy mass.
  4. In a separate bowl sift the flour, starch, cacao and baking powder.
  5. Add the egg white to the yolk and mix carefully. Add the flour mixture and incorporate slightly, so it is just mixed. Be careful, do not over mix. I always do this by hand not with the machine.
  6. Use a 26cm pan with baking paper and fill in the dough. bake for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Let rest in the pan for 20 minutes before taking out and let cool down on a rack.
  8. If you prepare a day before, wrap in cling wrap once cooled down.
For the short bread
  1. Mix the ingredients until smooth, best with your hand.
  2. Roll out to a 26cm circle.
  3. bake at 175 degree for about 10 minutes until the edges turn slightly brown.
  4. You can prepare this while the sponge is baking and then bake after the sponge is ready.
For the cream:
  1. Bring the cream to a boil.
  2. Put the chocolate in small pieces in a bowl and pour the hot cream over it.
  3. I use a hand blender to ensure the chocolate melts properly and is mixed well.
  4. Cover with some wrap and let cool down. Place in the fridge for minimum 6 hours, best over night.
For the Syrup:
  1. Place water and sugar in a sauce pan and let boil for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Set aside and let cool down.
Build the cake together.
  1. Cut the sponge cake twice so you have 3 equal thick layers.
  2. Beat the chocolate cream in a mixer until it becomes nice creamy and thick. Do not over mix. Put some cream aside for decoration.
  3. Place the shortbread on a cake board and spread the jam on top of it.
  4. Soak the top layer of the sponge from both sides with ⅓ of the syrup. Place with the cut side on the jam.
  5. spread ⅓ of the cream on top of the cake and place the next sponge layer on top of it.
  6. Soak this layer with syrup and repeat with the cream and the top layer.
  7. Take care the layers are centered over each other, or use a cake from to place them over each other.
  8. Spread the rest of the cream over the cake, beginning with the sides.
  9. Place the cake in the fridge and let it cool.
  10. Now you can decorate your cake.
  11. I use a thread to mark 16 pieces on top of the cake, that helps with the decoration.
  12. Let the cake rest in the fridge at least 2 hours before serving.

 

Tiramisu Sponge cake roll

For our Easter tea with friends I made this sponge cake roll. Nothing traditional for Easter but easy to make and a great taste. 

Tiramisu Roll

This roll has 3 components:

The sponge cake, an simple biscuit  cake, rolled up when it comes out of the oven. 

The sponge is soaked with some coffee.

The filling is a mascapone cream with almond flavor.

You can use alcohol like Amaretto or a nut liquor, but as we had some children coming for tea, I made it without alcohol and with decaf coffee.

 The highlight for children were the Amarettini cookies (amaretti biscuits). I got them from the Italian Supermarket.

 Tiramisu Roll 

The cake is baked on a 36×28 cm silicon baking tray. After it comes out of the oven I turned it over on a towel dusted with sugar and rolled up in the towel while hot. You need to let it cool down in the towel and then just before filling unroll it.

Tiramisu Roll

Tiramisu Sponge cake roll

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Serves: 12

This Tiramisu Roll is easy to make and tasty. Tiramisu is an Italian dish, but cake rolls like this one are classic German. They are also common everywhere else I think.
Ingredients
Sponge cake:
  • 6 eggs
  • 170g all purpose flour
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 50g amaretti cookies, crunched in small pieces
soaking:
  • 4 tbsp cold coffee
  • 1 tsp almond essence or 2 tbsp liquor
Cream:
  • 400 g Mascapone cheese
  • 400 g cream
  • Vanilla
  • 30 g sugar
  • 9 g gelatin
  • 2 tsp almond essence or 3 tbsp liquor
  • some cocoa for dusting
  • some amaretti cookies
Instructions
For the Sponge:
  1. Preheat your oven with two sided heat. Do not use convection as it will dry out your sponge.
  2. Separate the egg white and the yolk and whip the white until it forms peaks.
  3. Mix the egg yolk with the sugar and whisk until it is creamy.
  4. Add the egg white and the flour and cookie crumble to the creamy egg and slightly mix it until it is incorporated but not to much.
  5. Spread the dough on a flat baking tray, lined with some baking paper.
  6. Bake at 200C / 430 F for 10 minutes.
  7. While it is baking prepare a clean tea towel on a surface and dust some sugar on top of it.
  8. Once the cake is ready turn it over on the sugar surface and remove the baking paper.
  9. Roll up the hot cake with the towel and let it cool down.
For the Filling:
  1. Whisk the cream until it is thick and creamy.
  2. Bloom the gelatin and heat it so it slightly until it is dissolved.
  3. Whisk the Mascapone with the sugar and the vanilla until it is creamy, add the almond essence or liquor, the gelatin and the cream.
  4. Mix all until it a nice smooth cream.
Filling the roll.
  1. Unroll the cake and drizzle the coffe almond mix on the inside of the cake.
  2. Top the cream on it and spread equally. Leafe some cream over for the outside.
  3. Roll the cake to a roll using the towel and pace on a plate.
  4. spread a thin layer of cream over the roll and dust it with some cocoa powder.
  5. Fill rest of the cream in a piping bag and decorate the roll. Put some cookies as decoration on top.

 

 

 

Easter Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

It is an old English Easter tradition – Hot Cross Buns. 

I tried many recipes over the past years and always comes back to this one I found on the Wild Yeast Blog. I changed the recipe slightly and reduced the sugar. 

These buns a fluffy and full of flavor. The spices give them a great taste. And the long resting time at cold temperature helps to develop the flavor of the spices and the fruit.


Hot Cross Buns

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Serves: 12

Traditional Hot Cross Buns with a rich flavor
Ingredients
Sponge:
  • 35 g flour
  • 190 g milk at about 35 degrees C
  • 9 g sugar
  • 7 g instant yeast
Dough:
  • 170 g flour
  • 170 g whole wheat flour
  • 60 g butter, softened
  • 25 g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 g (1/2 t.) salt
  • ½ t. ground allspice
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ t. ground ginger
  • 14 g (1 T.) water
  • 114 g dried currants
  • 20 g candied orange peel, finely chopped
  • 20 g candied lemon peel, finely chopped
Piping Paste:
  • 85 g pastry flour
  • 25 g vegetable oil
  • 60 g water
Glaze:
  • 30 g sugar
  • 30 g water
Instructions
  1. For the sponge mix all ingredients until well combined and let rest at room temperature. I let it rest for 2-3 hours, but you can use it already after 45 min.
  2. For the final dough mix the flour, sugar, salt, spices and butter. It is a very dry mixture. Add the eggs and mix well. Add all of the sponge and mix with the hook on your kitchen machine for about 4-5 minutes and check if the dough is soft and a still a bit wet. Add some water if necessary and mix for another 4 minutes. The gluten should be well developed.
  3. Add the fruits and mix until well combined but do not over-mix.
  4. Let the dough rest for some more hours. Fold the dough after each ½ hour.
  5. Divide the dough into 12 pieces of about 70g each and form small balls out of it.
  6. Place them with some space to each other on a baking tray and cover the tray with some plastic wrap. Let them rest again. I put them in the fridge over night. but you can put them on a warm place for about 30-45 min.
  7. Mix the ingredients for the paste and pipe a cross on top of the buns.
  8. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes at 200 C.
  9. In the meantime prepare the glaze by mixing sugar and water.
  10. Brush the glaze on the hot buns directly when they come out of the oven.

 

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