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Greek chocolate cake “Serano”

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

Greek chocolate cake “Serano”

Method

For the syrup

  • In a saucepan add the sugar, the water, the brandy, and transfer it over medium heat.
  • Let it boil for 3-4 minutes until the sugar melts.
  • Set it aside to cool well.

For the cake layer

  • Preheat the oven to 170ο C (340ο F) set to fan.
  • In a mixer’s bowl add the eggs, salt, the vanilla extract, the sugar, and beat them with the whisk attachment at high speed, for 3-4 minutes, until fluffy.
  • Sift the flour and the cocoa powder into the mixer’s bowl and fold gently.
  • Transfer the batter to a 20 cm cake pan, that is already buttered and dusted with cocoa powder, and bake the cake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool well.

For the cream

  • Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan or microwave it for 1 minute.
  • Add the chocolate into pieces over a bain-marie and let it melt. Remove from the heat and add the hot heavy cream. Mix well until they are homogenized and you get a smooth chocolate ganache. Set it aside to cool well.
  • Add the sugar and the water into a saucepan, transfer it over medium heat, and bring to a boil until the mixture reaches 120ο C (250ο F).
  • Add the egg whites into the mixer’s bowl and beat them with the whisk attachment at high speed, until you get a meringue.
  • Once the syrup reaches the ideal temperature, remove it from the heat and add it very slowly, in a steady stream, into the mixer’s bowl with the meringue, while keep beating it. Continue beating for 2-3 minutes, until the meringue’s temperature drops. This way, you will get an Italian meringue. 
  • Transfer the Italian meringue to the bowl with the chocolate ganache and fold gently until you get a chocolate mousse.
  • Add the ice-cold heavy cream into the mixer’s bowl and beat it with the whisk attachment at medium-high speed, until you get an airy whipped cream.
  • Transfer the whipped cream to the bowl with the mousse and fold gently until you get a velvety cream.

To assemble

  • Use a serrated knife to cut the cake into three small cake layers. 
  • Line a 20 cm cake pan with plastic wrap and place one of the cake layers. Spread 1/3 of the syrup, 1/4 of the cream, and cover with the second cake layer. Add 1/3 of the syrup, ¼ of the cream, and place the third cake layer on top. Add the rest of the syrup and cover with the plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate the cake for 4-6 hours until chilled and set.
  • Add the rest of the cream into a pastry bag and refrigerate it.
  • Take the cake out of the pan and decorate it with the remaining cream. Spread it with a spatula over the whole surface of the cake and serve with the candied cherries.
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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per portion

564
Calories (kcal)
28 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

30.0
Total Fat (g)
43 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

18.0
Saturated Fat (g)
90 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

62.0
Total Carbs (g)
24 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

52.0
Sugars (g)
58 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

8.4
Protein (g)
17 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

3.0
Fibre (g)
12 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.2
Sodium (g)
3 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*The nutritional chart and the symbols refer to the basic recipe and not to the serving suggestions.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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