Monday, February 13, 2012

ARE YOU HUNGRY - continue of # 1

So, and now you have to try it by yourself: BLACK FOREST GATEAU

This dessert is quick and easy to make - great for impressing friends

Serves 8

Ingredients1 x Dr. Oetker Tarte au Chocolat 125g (4½
oz) butter, melted 3 eggs, beaten 410g can cherry pie filling 300ml
(10fl.oz) whipping cream 2-3 drops Dr. Oetker Natural Almond Extract
15g (½ oz) Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks' Dark Chocolate, grated
Method1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4 or
160ºC for a fan assisted oven.

2. Using a 20cm (8inch) round cake tin, make up the Tarte cake mix as
directed on the box and cook as directed. Remove from the oven, cool on a wire
rack for 10 mins, then remove from the tin and allow to cool completely.

3. When ready to serve, whip the cream until just peaking and fold in a few
drops of Almond Extract.

4. Split the cake through the middle and spread one half with half the
whipped cream and top the other half with most of the cherry pie filling.

5. Sandwich the two cake haves back together and put the cake on a serving
plate. Spread the remaining pie filling in the centre of the top of the cake.

6. Put the creaming cream into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle
and swirl the cream round the edge of the cake.

7. Sprinkle with grated chocolate to serve.

Old time recipes . . . .

Well, Krautrock got me hungry this morning with his posts, especially the Black Forest Cake!! Yum!!

I love cake and the easier I can make it, the better.

My mother and grandmother used these two recipes all the time and passed them down to me. They are both from the depression era, I believe.

Poor Man's Cake

1 cup sugar
1 cup raisins
1 cup water
1/2 cup shortning
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
Cook the above ingredients for 1 minute on medium.
2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
Bake in a greased and floured pan for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

 Mayonnaise Cake
2 cups flour
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup water
2 tsp soda
1 cup sugar
6-8 TBL cocoa
pinch of salt

Bake 35-40 minutes in a well greased and floured pan.

Both of these cakes are super easy to make, moist and have wonderful flavor!! I, myself, have always added 2 tsp of Pumpin Pie Spice to the Poor Man's Cake and always use the higher amount of cocoa in the Mayonnaise Cake. I like things that are spicy and things that have a rich, chocolate flavor!!! As with any cake, test with a toothpick to be sure it is done.

The Poor Man's Cake is wonderful with a Caramel Cream Frosting and of course, the Mayonnaise Cake is scrumptious with a Fudge Frosting and vanilla ice cream!

So, make some yummies today!!

(and did you know that if you are making a boxed mix, adding 1-2 TBL of mayonnaise will really moisten the cake??)


Are you still hungry? Well, then I have to offer you my most favorite dish. ...
Currywurst is a fast-food dish of German origin consisting of hot pork sausage (German: Wurst) cut into slices and seasoned with warm curry ketchup, regularly consisting of ketchup or tomato paste blended with generous amounts of curry powder, or a ready-made ketchup-based sauce seasoned with curry and other spices. It is frequently served at German 'Imbißstube' and from food trucks.
The invention of currywurst is attributed to Herta Heuwer in Berlin in 1949 after she obtained ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and curry powder from British soldiers. She mixed these ingredients with other spices and poured it over grilled pork sausage. Heuwer started selling the cheap but filling snack at a street stand in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin where it became popular with construction workers rebuilding the devastated city. She patented her sauce, called Chillup, in 1951. At its height the stand was selling 10,000 servings per week. She later opened a small restaurant which operated until 1974.
Today, currywurst is often sold as a take-out/take-away food, Schnellimbisse (snacks), at diners or "greasy spoons," on children's menus in restaurants, or as a street food. Usually served with french fries or bread rolls (Brötchen), it is popular all over Germany but particularly popular in the metropolitan areas of Berlin, Hamburg and the Ruhr Area. Considerable variation both in the type of sausage used and the ingredients of the sauce occurs between these areas. Common variations include the addition of paprika or chopped onions. Often currywurst is sold in food booths, sometimes using a special machine to slice it into pieces, and served on a paper plate with a little wooden or plastic fork. It is also sold as a supermarket-shelf product to prepare at home.
One of the most famous Currywursts in Germany is the Volkswagen Currywurst, produced in the Volkswagen Factory in Wolfsburg.
An estimated 800 million servings are sold in Germany each year.
The currywurst is an icon of German popular culture. Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is a noted fan of currywurst. By tradition, every candidate for Bürgermeister (mayor) of Berlin is photographed at a currywurst stand.
The song "Currywurst" on Herbert Grönemeyer's 1982 album Total Egal is a tribute to the snack.
The 1993 novel Die Entdeckung der Currywurst ("The Discovery of the Currywurst") by Uwe Timm was made into a 2008 film of the same name. The plot is based on an alternative but unproven theory that currywurst was invented in Hamburg.
The Deutsches Currywurst Museum opened in Berlin on August 15, 2009, commemorating the 60th anniversary of its creation. Curator Martin Loewer said "No other national German dish inspires so much history and has so many well-known fans".
The currywurst is also regularly featured in school books and nursery books.


Are you hungry? Well, I am. Always. ... Do you like German food? I do. ... That`s why I am writing this blog. ...
Black Forest gateau (British English) and Black Forest cake (American English and Australian English) are the English names for the German dessert Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, literally "Black Forest cherry torte".Typically, Black Forest cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. In some European traditions sour cherries are used both between the layers and for decorating the top. Traditionally, Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used (such as rum, which is common in Austrian recipes). In the United States, Black Forest cake is most often prepared without alcohol. German statutory interpretation states Kirschwasser as a mandatory ingredient, otherwise the cake is legally not allowed to be marketed as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte.
The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest. (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany but rather from the specialty liquor of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser) and distilled from tart cherries. This is the ingredient, with its distinctive cherry pit flavor and alcoholic content, that gives the cake its flavour. Cherries, cream, and Kirschwasser were first combined in the form of a dessert in which cooked cherries were served with cream and Kirschwasser, while a cake combining cherries, biscuit and cream (but without Kirschwasser) probably originated in Germany.
Today, the Swiss canton of Zug is world-renowned for its Zuger Kirschtorte, a biscuit-based cake which formerly contained no Kirschwasser. A version from the canton of Basel also exists. The confectioner Josef Keller (1887–1981) claimed to have invented Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in its present form in 1915 at the then prominent Café Agner in Bad Godesberg, now a suburb of Bonn about 500 km north of the Black Forest. This claim, however, has never been substantiated.
Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte was first mentioned in writing in 1934. At the time it was particularly associated with Berlin but was also available from high-class confectioners in other German, Austrian, and Swiss cities. In 1949 it took 13th place in a list of best-known German cakes, and since that time Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte has become world-renowned.
A Swedish cake called Schwarzwaldtårta is related to the traditional Black Forest cake only by name. It consists of layers of meringue with whipped cream in between. The whole cake is also covered with whipped cream and decorated with chocolate.