‘It’s about time to sit down and write the next blog post. Heeey, check out that nice song they are playing on the radio. Oops, I think I might have forgotten to buy something from the store. A cat. Another cat. I want a cat! Oh, I’m hungry. Naah, I’m feeling lazy right now. Maybe I’ll just play another episode of Friends and then I’ll prepare something to eat. Ahh, but I am just sooo hungry though.. ‘
Maybe some of you have already seen similar quotes trying to describe how the female brain works. Well, I am not sure about the rest of the ladies out there but mine, oh my! .. It sure does work like that sometimes. And ‘sometimes’ is happening right now folks …
Back in time when I only had the idea of this blog there were a lot of things that have stopped me along the way. One of them was the writing. I just knew that at a certain point I will lack inspiration and will be standing in front of the white paper for hours. That moment stroke me a bit sooner than expected. I’m just hoping it’s some kind of springtime lethargy. J What you saw in the first lines of this blog post were just a pinch of my own chaotic thoughts that run through my mind in exactly that order believe it or not. During the last few days I had a list full of things that I wanted to do. From cleaning up my closet of clothes that I never wear anymore, to clean up the apartment and even to try out a few new recipes. Instead of doing either of those things I am sitting and staring at the wall, struggling to collect my thoughts and words in this page in order to be ready to post that for you guys on Thursday. In addition to all of this I constantly remember different things that I was supposed to do and seem to have completely forgotten about them.
I’ll be honest with you and tell you that I almost posted another dessert with fruits. In my defence whenever I go to the store and see all of these fresh fruits like strawberries, raspberries or blueberries I just want to buy them all. I like them not only because they taste like heaven but also because I honestly believe that every dessert that is decorated with fresh fruits will look just fabulous. But there is something else that I like even more than fruits and that is the diversity. And so I have decided to show you a recipe for a cake that is called ‘Garash’ cake and it’s origin is Bulgarian.
Most of the people in Bulgaria definitely have had that cake. It’s possible to find it in almost every bakery. And it always looks the same – covered in chocolate and on top it has a wide ring made out of ground walnuts. To finish the cake in that familiar way would only mean for me that I will be taking away from myself the most pleasant part of baking – a.k.a. the decoration. That’s why I did what I do best and that’s letting my imagination run free and see where it will take me this time. What I’ve created was something nice and elegant and easy to do at home. And without wasting anymore time I will proceed to the recipe. Oh, I almost forgot – did I mention that this cake had only 5 ingredients? (Well, if you count the milk and the dark chocolate as two separate ingredients, then they are 6 but I think that’s not at all a lot). And if that is not a reason for you to give it a try I don’t know what would be…
I always start with the chocolate ganache because it will need some time to cool down.
For the chocolate ganache:
- 300 ml liquid whipping cream
- 360 gr dark chocolate
This step of the recipe is very simple and I honestly believe that there isn’t anything that would go wrong with it. Cut the chocolate into small pieces, the smaller – the better. Put it in a big bowl. Heat up the liquid whipping cream on the stove but be careful because you shouldn’t let it boil. A moment before the cream begins to boil you need to take it and pour it on top of the chocolate. Wait a couple of minutes so the heat will melt the chocolate and then stir until it comes together. Leave the ganache in the fridge for about an hour to cool down.
In the meantime you can prepare the walnut layers. Here are the ingredients for them:
- 5 egg whites
- 125 gr granulated sugar
- 240 gr finely ground walnuts
Turn on the oven at 180C degrees. Pour the egg whites into a big bowl and start whisking them. Slowly add the sugar to them. Be careful not to do that step too fast or all at once because otherwise you won’t get the airy egg whites at the end. Take the finely ground walnuts and add them at once to the egg whites and stir carefully. For this recipe I used my all time favourite bottomless cake ring with adjustable diameter. Adjust it at 22 cm and place a baking paper under it. Divide the walnut mix into 4 even parts and pour the first one into the ring. Even the top with a spoon. Bake each layer about 10 to 12 minutes. You do that for all 4 of the layers. At the moment when you take each of the layers out of the oven they will appear to be twice as thick as they should be but just keep in mind that once they cool down, they will be just fine.
When you get ready with the layers it is time to make the cake. Take the chocolate ganache out of the fridge and divide it in 4 even parts. Then you start placing walnut layer, one part ganache, walnut layer, one part ganache. The last part of the ganache is for the top and the sides of the cake. When you are ready just leave it in the fridge for some hours.
And we have finally reached my favourite part of making a dessert. No matter how many times I’ve made a certain recipe I try to finish it differently. As I mentioned earlier in this post I wanted to avoid the well-known look of the ‘Garash’ cake. To do that I melted one milk chocolate in the microwave and poured it all over the top of the cake letting it drip a bit on the sides. Then I melted a few pieces of dark chocolate, poured it into a plastic bag and did these circles with chaotic movements. At the end I decorated with small flowers and chocolate drops that I dipped in edible glitter.
That is my suggestion for some sweetness this week. The well-known in Bulgaria ‘Garash’ cake dress in the latest fashion in pastry. 🙂
The ‘Word’ program is showing me that I have written 1200 words by now (in the Bulgarian version of the post, at this point the words were only 900) which I think is ok for today, my latte is almost over and I am thinking about lunch right now. So I will go and have a lunch while watching Ross saying for hundred times: ‘WE WERE ON A BREAK!’ I really hope that you are as big fan of the show as I am because that would mean that I already like you, regardless of the fact that I don’t know you and also it would not mean anything otherwise.
Alrighty then… I am going straight to my closet now to finally clean it up so cross your fingers for me that I will get this over with asap. See u soon!