Black Forest cake, known in German as Schwarzwaelder Kirsch torte, originated in the Black Forest region of southern Germany. No one is sure when the recipe was first developed but it probably happened sometime in the late 16 th century when chocolate was first introduced to the region. Black Forest cake derives its characteristic chocolate-cherry flavor from the addition of Kirsch or Kirshwasser, a double distilled clear cherry brandy. The inhabitants of the Black Forest (no they are not elves), make this Kirsch from the hard skinned, sour Morello cherry. Apart from all the cherries and chocolate, fans of Black Forest cake know that it also makes an excellent vehicle for whipped cream! Fans of this tea blend should know that it is fantastic with a dash of sugar and a spot of milk – it’s like dessert in a cup!
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