Tuesday 24 August 2010

"Ewunia Torte" (Torte with chocolate, halva and meringue filling)

This is expensive and hard cake to make. You will need to be patient and reserve half a day in kitchen. But trust me...taste of this torte is worth every money!

Lets start!

1. Polish Sponge cake:

6 large eggs 
1 1 / 3 cup of powdered sugar (sifted) 
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
1 cup and 2 tablespoons of cake flour - (sifted), 
a pinch of salt 

1. Preheat oven to 180 Celsius degrees. 
2. Separate the yolks from the eggs whites.
3. At the fastest speed of mixer blend egg yolks with 2 / 3 cup of powdered sugar and vanilla. Dough is ready when turns to be very creamy and fluffy 
4. Whip  the egg whites on the medium speed of your mixer. When it starts to looks like foam add the rest of the icing sugar. Increase mixer speed to medium 
5. Ready-mix foam gently with egg yolk (preferably with a wooden spoon mix).
6. Fold sifted flour and salt with batter 
7. Prepare pan: grease with fat and sprinkle with breadcrumbs 
8. The dough should not go too high because it has no baking powder 
9. Bake until the dough change colour to gold. Switched off the oven and keep cake in it. 

2. Halva filling

200-250 g of sesame seeds Halva
4 egg yolks
125 ml of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
350 g of good unsalted butter (good butter should have around 80% of fat)
1 tablespoon of potato flour
Vodka (optional), I like to add 1 short drink

1. Mix egg yolks with 1/4 of milk and potato flour.
2. Boil rest milk with vanilla extract.
3. Add egg dough to hot milk. Boil together on low heat. Mix well and fast.
4. Ready remove from heat and live it until cold.
5. Mix butter with halva and cold milk-egg dough.
6. At the end add vodka.

3. Chocolate filling

4 eggs
180 g sugar
1 tablespoon of cocoa
250 g good dark chocolate 
250 g of good unsalted butter
Vodka (optional)

1. Pour water to pan and bring it to boil. Change heat to smaller and put bowl on a pan (water shouldn't touch bowl!). Beat in bowl eggs yolks with sugar.
2. Add to eggs chocolate and cocoa. Mix together until chocolate will be melted.
3. Remove bowl from pan and cooled. 
4. When cold mix it with butter. 
5. Add vodka.

4. Last steps.

You will need:

Punch (mix together: vodka, tea, sugar and lemon juice)
Big meringues
Small meringues (for cake decoration)
Fruits for decoration (strawberries, peaches, etc.)

1. Cold sponge cake cut in a half.
2. Sprinkle bottom of the cake with punch. 
3. Spread halva filling on cake.
4. Put on halva filling big meringues.
5. Spread on meringues chocolate filling. 
6. Put top of the cake on fillings. 
7. Sprinkle top with punch. 
8. Use your imagination to decorate top of the cake. Usually I am spread rest of chocolate filling. On it you can put small meringues and peaches. 

Bon Apetite!

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