Saturday, 7 May 2016

German Cake: Granatsplitter or Chocolate Mountain

This is a very traditional German Cake Variation. It is a very old recipe and often is made from left over pieces of cakes. On rare occasions you can find it in bakeries- outside cities more often. Left over cake now is made into Cake Pops, something to eat on a stick and not so overly sweet and heavy.

Granatsplitter means Shrapnel - it kicks you off your legs!

Granatsplitter or Chocolate Mountain

It is usually made with rum, so it is an adult cake :-) , but to be honest, I loved it as a kid, when ever on rare times I could persuade my Mom to buy one. These things are not cheap.

I don`t know how I could eaten a whole chocolate mountain as a kid. Today, I needed a Schnaps after 1/3 of it and will finish it the next days.

recipe for the base:
75 g flour
1/2 tsp baling powder
25 g sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
25 g butter
1 1/2 tbsp milk

recipe for the filling:
100 g chocolate
40 g butter
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tbsp rum
50 g coarse almonds
40 g dark chocolate ganache

Mix flour and baking powder and add all the other ingredients, make a smooth dough with a kitchen machine with dough hook.
On a floured surface roll it with a rolling pin and use a 5 cm cutter to make discs.
Bake them on a baking paper 180 C for 10 minutes.  Bake all the leftover dough cut offs with it on the baking sheet, you will need them for the filling later. 
Or use leftover sponge cake!

Melt the chocolate, add the the other ingredients and crumble the leftover cake and mix it in.
With a palette knife make a mountain of cream on top of each cake base, store it in the fridge for 30 minutes. The should be very dense and compact.

Make the ganache and coat the chocolate mountain  or Granatsplitter. It should be kept in the fridge until you serve it.

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