chocopedia (3): black forest, the traditional German chocolate and cherry pie

01/03/2019

German cuisine goes far beyond sausages, beer and sauerkraut. The sweets and cakes also occupy a very important place, with elaborations as well known as the delicious Berliners stuffed with cream or the "Apfelstrudel", the traditional apple pie.

But, perhaps, the greatest contribution of the German bakery is the "Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte", the famous Black Forest cake, a dessert typical of the region of Baden-Württemberg, in Lower Saxony, which has been exported to the whole world.

Although its origin and provenance are not entirely clear, there is a certain unanimity that it was the pastry chef Josef Keller, in 1915 at Café Agner who invented the recipe as we know it today: a cake composed of layers of chocolate sponge cake soaked in Kirsch liqueur – distilled from the fermented juice of the black morello cherry typical of the Black Forest region - and interspersed with layers of cream and cherry jam.

According to tradition, the name of the cake is inspired by its resemblance to the typical hat with big red pompoms - known as "Bollenhut" - of the traditional dress of the women of the Black Forest.