One day in 1832, the Austrian foreign minister Metternich expecting important guests. He wanted to make a big impression to them, therefore he orders in his kitchen: “Don´t dare to embarrasse me in the evening”, by today’s words: “Please prepare something wonderful , excellent, superior 🙂 ” Just that day his chef got sick (maybe he was just a little scared of those words :–) ). Challenging task fall to 16-teen years old Franz Sacher. And he did it flawlessly. Without the effect of limiting long-standing culinary experience and with great degree of imagination he created the legend: Sacher torte.
Shade of life: Franz Sacher baked the Sacher cake as a result of coincidences (according to the formula: SACHER TORTE = disease of chef x high visit x Metternich´s command ) or he was destined to bake it sooner or later? In any case, he contributes his shade in the lives of all of us.
Here is his recipe with my touch. Ingredients (have them at room temperature): Cake: Icing:
180 g butter 20 g butter
180 g chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) 60 g of chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
180 g flour 40 ml of strong brewed coffee
9 eggs (yolks separated from whites) 80 g sugar
160 g of icing sugar
sugar apricot jam
1. Preheat oven to 165 °.
2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over hot water.
3. Beat the egg whites with a half of icing sugar until stiff.
4. Beat the warm butter with the second half of the icing sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat the egg yolks until light in colour. Gently whisk together: beaten butter, egg yolks and melted chocolate. Slowly fold in flour.
5. Take the round baking tin, lightly butter and sprinkle with flour. Bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool completely before turning out from tin.
6. Slice cake in half horizontally and spread with hot apricot jam. Reassemble and pour hot apricot jam over cake. Let stand for least five hours, then ice.
7. To make icing mix the butter and chocolate in a double boiler. Add the black coffee, sugar and vanila. Spread icing over the top and sides. Leave to cool for several hours. A piece of Sacher torte required an unsweetened whipped cream beside on the plate. And a glass of water. It´s a must.
Serving with whipped cream is a must
There was a legal battle over the use of the label “The Original Sacher Torte” developed between the Hotel Sacher and Demel, a famous pastry shop and chocolaterie in Vienna. In 1963 both parties agreed on an out of court settlement and nowdays the Hotel Sacher has the rights to use the phrase “The Original Sacher Torte”. It has a layer of apricot jam in the middle of the cake, Demel´s directly under the icing, my Sacher Torte has a jam in the middle and in the top 🙂 . All three have chocolate icing, the Sacher Torte is decorated with a round chocolate seals, Demel´s with triangular and my with chocolate candies.
My Sacher Torte with chocolate candies