This recipe uses Valrhona's Manjari 64% chocolate, which has a fresh tangy flavour and a lingering deep chocolate finish. It's a wonderful match with creamy Ivoire 35% ganache, with acacia honey. You can omit the Kirsch in the recipe if you prefer to keep it alcohol free.
This recipe was created by Valrhona.
Ingredients for the Viennese Cocoa Sponge Serves: 10
Ingredients for the Manjari 64% Crémeux
Ingredients for the Ivoire 35% Vanilla Kirsch Whipped Ganache
Ingredients for the Morello Cherry Jelly
Ingredients for the Chocolate Liqueur Syrup
- 140g water
- 30g caster sugar
- 40g chocolate liqueur
- 1 vanilla pod
Method for the Viennese Cocoa Sponge
- Whisk the yolks, eggs and 85g sugar in a stand mixer. Then, beat the egg whites with 25g of sugar until stiff. Mix the stiffened egg whites with the first mixture and add the sifted flour and cocoa.
- Weigh out 360g of the sponge mixture and spread it out on a 30 × 40cm baking tray with a pastry spatula.
- Bake the sponge in a fan-assisted oven at 230°C for approx. 6-7 minutes.
Method for the Manjari 64% Crémeux
- Warm the milk and cream on a medium heat. Use a whisk to mix (but not beat) the egg yolks and sugar.
- Pour the hot milk and cream into this mixture, stirring all the while.
- Decant into a saucepan on a low heat. Stir gently until the cream thickens slightly and sticks to the back of the spatula. Use a thermometer to check the temperature is at 82°C.
- Once it has reached this temperature, take the pan off the heat and filter any lumps out of your crème anglaise. Add the rehydrated gelatine.
- Gradually combine with the melted Manjari 64% until it has a smooth, glossy, elastic texture. Mix using a hand blender to form a perfect emulsion and ensure a smooth crémeux.
- Cover the surface with cling film and store in the refrigerator
Method for the Ivoire 35% Vanilla Kirsch Whipped Ganache
- Heat 90g of cream with the glucose, honey and the two split and scraped vanilla pods. Gradually combine with the melted Ivoire 35% while stirring vigorously.
- Mix and add 240g of cold cream and the kirsch. Seal using cling film and store ideally overnight in the refrigerator.
Method for the Morello Cherry Jelly
- Soak the gelatine in plenty of cold water and wring out. Finely chop the Morello cherries. Heat half the cherry purée with the sugar to 60°C, then add and dissolve the gelatine. Pour in the rest of the purée, the chopped cherries and the kirsch.
- When you have already partly assembled the Black Forest, pour 125g of the jelly into the pan. Place in the fridge.
Method for the Chocolate Liqueur Syrup
- Bring the water, sugar, and scored vanilla pod to the boil. Leave to cool in the fridge.
- Mix the syrup and add the chocolate liqueur.
Method for the Manjari 64% Glaze
- Melt the Manjari 64% chocolate at 40°C and add the grape seed oil. Use at approx. 35°C.
Method for the assembly of the Black Forest Pudding
- Cut the chocolate sponge into four 30×10cm strips.
- In a 30×10cm pan that is 5cm high, place a strip of sponge and soak it with the chocolate liqueur syrup. Pipe 125g of Manjari 64% crémeux on top and smooth it out. Then, cover with a strip of sponge, soak it in syrup and place in the freezer.
- Beat the whipped ganache until it has a smooth texture that will pipe easily. Pipe 125g of this mixture onto the second strip of sponge and smooth it out. Cover with another strip of sponge, soak it in syrup and place in the freezer.
- Make the Morello cherry jelly and pour 125g onto the third strip of sponge. Smooth it out and place the last strip of sponge on top. Soak it in syrup and place in the freezer.
- Once frozen, remove from the pan and cut into 3cm wide pieces.
- Place on its side (so that all the layers are visible) and cover the top in clear glaze for an extra shiny finish, then return to the freezer.
- Cover the top and sides with MANJARI 64% glaze. Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Place in the fridge to defrost the day before serving and enjoy.