Rick's Black Forest experience
it's my best guess of a Black Forest cake based on some I had in Nurioopta on a cellar door trip with my family in the late '70s.
Takes a while, but...take
- roughly a half kilo jar of Morello cherries
- about 150ml of Kirsch
- half a cup of raw or dark brown sugar
- drain the cherries - leave them in the jar
- add the sugar, add the kirsch, seal the jar back up and put it in the fridge for six weeks.
make two really heavy chocolate mud cakes
- whip a 300ml bottle of cream
- make some heavy chocolate icing - use some of the liquor from the cherries
- mix some of the cream into about two thirds of the cherries
- make a moat around the outside of one of the cakes with the remaining third of the cream
put the cream and cherry mix inside the moat
- put the other cake on top
- ice cake heavily, leaving a depression on top
put remaining cherries on top
- pour remaining liquor over the top
- lay remaining icing over them
- lay chocolate slivers over the top then dust with icing sugar.
- leave overnight in the fridge.
- invite lots of friends over but make them catch taxis
- enjoy small bits of cake and some more savoury food
- roll friends back into taxis with addresses - if you got the cake right they won't be able to stand.
- lounge around for the rest of the day knowing tomorrow's hangover was worthwhile.
- don't go into the pool. Much as I disagree with your politics, I value all human life too much to feel I might have contributed to someone drowning.