Sacher Torte

Sacher Torte

recipe from Lidia Bastianich

For The Torte:

1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) butter, plus 1 T. for the cake pan

1 cup sugar

6 large eggs, separated

5 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and lukewarm

1/4 t. salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 c. almond flour

For filling and glazing the torte:

1 3/4 c. apricot preserves

2/3 c. light corn syrup

6 T. water

2 T. dark rum

pinch of salt

10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped in small chunks

whipped cream for serving

Butter the bottom of a 9" springform pan, lined with a parchment circle. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. 

Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer, using the whisk attachment, until light and smooth. Incorporate the egg yolks, one at a time, and then pour in the chocolate gradually, mixing it in thoroughly and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. On low speed, incorporate the flour. Whip the egg whites to stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites into the batter with a rubber spatula. Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan, and spread in an even layer.

Bake until a cake tester come out clean -- or until the top springs back when lightly pressed -- 35 minutes or longer. Put the pan on a wire rack,  cool briefly, then remove the side ring of the springform pan and let the cake cool completely.

Lift the cake off the metal pan bottom, and peel off the parchment. Slice the cake horizontally into thirds, making three thin layers. Take the top layer and place it upside down on your cake plate, so the crusty baked top becomes the base of the torte.  Place narrow sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper, all around the bottom of the cake, to catch drips when you pour the chocolate glaze.

Whisk 1/2 cup apricot preserves with the water and heat, stirring, until the preserves dissolve into a loose syrup.  (I used a stick blender to break down the large chunks of apricot.)Brush 1/3 of the syrup on the bottom layer and let it soak in. Then take half of the remaining apricot preserves and spread it over the apricot syrup. Repeat with the remaining layers, ending with the top layer and the thin apricot syrup.

For the chocolate glaze: Heat the corn syrup, rum, salt and water in a small heavy saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring. Turn off the heat and put the chopped chocolate into the pan, stirring, until the chunks have melted and the glaze is smooth and shiny. Let is cool slightly until it just starts to thicken, then pour the glaze over the top and sides of the cake, smoothing the sides so there are no bare spots. Save a little of the chocolate glaze to make an "S" shape, or to write "Sacher" on top of the cakeif desired. If so, let the glaze solidify at room temperature and for the glaze to become a little thicker. Then use a piping bag to pipe an "S" on the top of the cake.