Friday, April 27, 2007

Thoughts Of A Mini Sacher Torte

As we have some of the frozen strawberry fillings left, we were dogdamn lucky that we have stumbled upon a recipe which would kill them all. Sacher Torte's. There are various recipes for this torte. Some of them will include apricot jam as one of the main ingredient. Since we only had the leftover pink jam, Family Circle's recipe was chosen. It was formerly an 8 inches torte. However, we made half batch and turned them into smaller mini's; cupcakes. Yield; 24 mini's.

Sacher Torte (adapted from Family Circle's)

For the cake;
1/2 cup plain flour or 1/2 cup superfine flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup caster sugar
50g butter
40g strawberry jam
2 egg yolks
2 egg whites

For the ganache topping;
1/3 cup cream
100g dark chocolate, chopped
20g strawberry jam, melted into a smooth and thick mixture
2 tablespoons caster sugar

1. Preheat the oven 180''C. Prepare the cupcake tin
2. Sift flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. This is the flour mixture. Set aside.
3. Combine the sugar, butter and jam in a small pan. Stir over low heat until butter is melted and sugar has dissolved, then add to the flour mixture, and add in the egg yolks. Stir until combined. This is the cake mixture.
4. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks formed. Stir one third of these egg white into the cake mixture, then fold in the remainder in 2 batches.
5. Spoon batter into cupcake tin 3/4 full. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool cupcakes onto a wire rack.
6. To make topping, stir the cream, chocolate and sugar over low heat until mixture is melted and smooth. If the mixture begins to separate, stir in 1/2 tablespoon water. Brush melted strawberry jam on top of the cupcakes. Spread the ganache topping by using a spatula.

It was not as crumbly as I and Fatass Michelle had expected. But oh well, we can smell the berries once it's baked.

Topped with the usual frosting, cream ganache. Wanted to try on piped creams, but we were too afraid that icing cream and these tortes does not blend in together. Besides, Fatass's piping skills were as bad as a kindie kid. Sticked to the old plate thingie I guessed.