What is a Sachertorte?

For fans of the Great British Bake Off I am sure that I was not alone when the technical challenge was announced in saying, “What’s a Sachertorte?” In fact, I know I was not alone because two of the bakers, Jo and Holly, weren’t even sure what a Sachertorte was, with only Maryanne saying she had seen a picture of one once. So, in the absence of the usual history lesson that we’ve come to enjoy whilst the bakers bake here is a quick lesson on what a Sachertorte is.

The Sachertorte, invented by Franz Sacher (since most people like to name things after themselves), is a chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam on the top and covered in a dark chocolate icing or ganache on the sides and top. It is finished by the word ‘Sacher’ being written on the top in milk chocolate, just in case you thought it was another kind of torte.

For those wanting a slice, the original Sachertorte is only available from Vienna or Salzburg, and is on sale exclusively at the Hotel Sacher, Cafe Sacher, and Sacher Shop (I’m sensing a theme here). It is also available in the Duty Free area of Vienna Airport and on the Hotel Sacher’s website. The hotel’s recipe is a closely guarded secret, and it is rumoured that the icing contains three different kinds of chocolate.

I know that for some there is no such thing as too much chocolate so I imagine this would be ideal. However, if you are unable to make it to Vienna then Mary Berry’s very own Sachertorte recipe can be found on the BBC’s food pages:

Tell me how to make the chocolate goodness!

Bonus Question: Where can I get a millefeuille?

If you are looking for a millefeuille that tastes like a little piece of heaven then the only place to go is Ladurée.  What you want to order is the praline millefeuille. I don’t care if you’re not a praline fan, that is what you want to order. You will not be disappointed. Trust me.

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