Allow me to explain.
Once upon a time there was a girl, (that’s me) who was watching a DVD, (food safari) and she was witness to the most beautiful cake in all the land! This cake, it turned out was a German Prince and all the other cakes admired him greatly, for he was both rich and handsome. That night this girl, lay her head upon her pillow and believe it or not, she dreamed all night long about the German cake Prince.
(Really and truly, I did go to bed and dream about this cake…..It actually permeated my dreams!)
His name was the ‘Black Forrest cake’.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am no stranger to the black forest cake, or at least the version of it sold in our cheap bakeries around town. What I have not met is the R E A L black forest cake. I’ve heard the talk around town, I’ve heard rumors that black forest cakes were something much greater and that they were even something to be revered! But when my eyes finally fell upon such greatness, I confess, I quivered.
The only good thing that came of this whole adventure was that for all our slandering, it was the mousse recipe, the one that asked us to 'beat the egg yolks till stiff', actually turned out to be the best mousse recipe I have ever come across. We even relented all our slander it was so good. Therefore this part of the recipe I will pass on to you. Enjoy.
- 4 egg yolks
- 200g caster sugar
- 100ml whole milk
- 150g top quality dark chocolate
- generous pinch of salt
- 200ml whipping cream
Meanwhile, gently warm milk in a saucepan. Remove it from heat and stir in beaten egg yolks, then return to a medium heat and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. (Do not let it boil!)
Finely chop the chocolate and place in a mixing bowl. Pour over warm milk and stir till all the chocolate melts. Add salt then leave to cool.
Whip cream till soft peaks form, then fold the cream into cooled chocolate mixture.
Refrigerate till needed.