Retro-chic memory bank – Black Forest Gateau
Back in the seventies and eighties, when the summers were longer, my waistline was still visible and wrinkles were something that I had in my trendy cheesecloth blouse rather than my face, the height of uber-chic as a desert was a Black Forest Gateau.
It has to be said that the cream in the versions in those days may have been a tad synthetic, the cherries were certainly out of a tin rather than fresh, and the chocolate was rather more of a gritty variety than we have to cook with in these enlightened times, but for some reason this desert stays fondly in the old memory bank.
In 2013 this has to be revisited, freshened and made superlative, with fresh cherries, a generous slosh of kirsch, moist, velvety chocolate cake made with a good quality chocolate, and heavy cream.
It could be done.
I think that it has to be done.
We owe it to the next generation.