Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmisch


Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischGarmisch is another wonderful yeasted coffeecake as only the Germans can make them. Superb bakers, their products not only look beautiful but are luxurious tasting.

This yeast dough is really easy to put together and even if you have been slow to come to yeasted doughs this is a great place to start. It is a firmer dough that handles easily. It can be made ahead and refrigerated for several days before shaping and after baking, it freezes to be eaten another day – maybe as a special treat on New Years Day morning.

This Garmisch dough comes from a recipe that is so old I can’t remember where I got it. The dough itself is not sweet. The sweetness of the Garmisch comes from the filling. The original filling was walnuts and while delicious, the chocolate cherry almond filling adds a note of excitement. Dried bing cherries are soaked in brandy. Almond paste, a European favorite combines exquisitely with the cherries and brandy. The processor makes quick work of combining the ingredients into a filling with the egg white used to bind the filling.

Homemade almond paste is easy to make and can be used in this recipe.  It is generally less

While I love chocolate in all its forms, I chose mini chocolate chips for this filling. They blend well and after baking, they stay soft but don’t stay melted like regular chocolate. Regular size chips are too large to blend well. If you can’t find the mini chocolate chips, chop or process them to make them smaller.

There are varying degrees of shine and color when using egg washes. One of the deepest is a whole egg and cream. Used as a finish to this Garmisch, it adds a luster and beauty that necessitates the need for no other glaze, drizzle or icing.

Yeast DoughIngredients for Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmisch1/2 cup milk
5 tablespoons butter (75 grams or 2 2/3 ounces)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 2/3 cups bread flour (365 grams 12 3/4 ounces)
2 tablespoons sugar (25 grams or 1 scant ounce)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoons cardamom
1/4 teaspoons ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Heat the milk and butter until the butter melts. Cool to lukewarm. Butter and milk for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry almondGarmischButter and milk heated for Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischAdd the cooled milk and butter to a mixing bowl.  Add the eggs, yeast, and sugar. Whisk to combine.Butter and milk in a mixing bowl for Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischWhisk together the flour, salt, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg. Dry ingredients for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischFlour and spices mixed for Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischAdd to the liquid and beat, preferably with a dough hook. Dry ingredients with liquid ingredients for Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischBeat on low to bring together. Raise to medium if your mixer allows and beat for 3 minutes. Take a small piece of dough and check for the windowpane. If the dough stretches without breaking it is done. If not, beat a bit longer.Windowpane test for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmisch

When the dough is done it it will come together in the bowl, Dough beaten for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmischcleaning the bowl completely.  Bowl cleaned for Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischRemove it from the bowl and knead it several times to bring it together and form a ball.  Dough in a ball for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischPlace in a greased bowl or container and let rise for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Use immediately or punch down and refrigerate up to 3 days.

FillingIngredients for the filling of the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmisch1/2 cup dried Bing cherries (70 grams or 2 1/2 ounces)
2 tablespoons brandy
1/2 cup almond paste (140 grams or 5 ounces)
1/2 cup sugar (100 grams or 3 1/3 ounces)
1 egg white
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (85 grams or 3 ounces)

Cut the cherries into small pieces. Place in the small pan with the brandy. Heat until it just comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and cover. Cool completely. This can be done the day ahead if desired.Brandy and cherries for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmisch

Place the brandied cherries, almond paste and sugar in the processor. Brandied cherries and sugar for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischProcess until everything is very finely cut together. Brandied cherries, sugar and almond paste processed for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischAdd the egg white and process to mix completely.All processed for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmisch

Yeast Dough
Mini Chocolate Chips
1 egg beaten
1 tablespoon cream

Roll the dough into a 12 x 14 inch rectangle. Dough rolled out for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischSpread the filling to within 1 inch of the edges. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the filling. Filling on dough for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischBrush the edges with water. Water on edge of dough for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischRoll up tightly from the 14 inch side. Rolling up for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischPinch the seam and top and bottom edges together.Seam pinched for the Brandied Chocoalte Cherry Almond Garmisch Place on a parchment lined baking sheet so that it is facing you longwise.

Starting at 1 inch from the top edge, with a sharp knife, cut down the center of the roll all the way through, keeping the cut edge up. Twist them together keeping the cut edges on top. Twisting dough for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond FillingTwisted for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischTuck the ends under.  Let rise 60 to 90 minutes until doubled.Garmisch risen for the Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmisch

In the meantime, whisk together the beaten egg and the cream.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Double pan the Garmisch and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with the egg mixture. Bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush again. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until deeply browned and baked through. It should register about 180°F in the center of the Garmisch.Baked Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmisch

Cool on a rack before cutting.

This Garmisch freezes well. For best results, thaw first then heat in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes to warm through.

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8 thoughts on “Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmisch

  1. Karen McCreary

    Helen , thanks so much for the walnut filling . I want to get this right ! Do I mix the walnut filling with the cherries in the food proc . ? I’ll have rum in the walnuts so I don’t think brandy on the cherries is right . Now , I am lost , totally ! Should I just add the cut up cherries to the walnuts along with the one fourth cup egg whites rum , cinnamon , and half cup of sugar ? There is no heating of rum/ brandy ? See why I’m lost ? Sorry to be a pain but I can’t afford to mess this up ! LOL Thanks for your always kind help . Love , Karen ^_^

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Karen – The two recipes are completely separate. There is no brandy or cherries in the original walnut version. The Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond version is one I made up and has nothing to do with the original walnut recipe I sent you.

      I have not tried this but you could probably use 1/2 cup dried cherries, 2 tablespoons rum, 1 cup of ground walnuts, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 egg white along with the chocolate chips. Follow the directions for the brandied cherry filling just subbing the walnuts for the almond paste.. As I said, I haven’t tried this.

      Hope this helps.

  2. Karen McCreary

    Helen , do you by any chance have the original walnut filling recipe ? Would love to try it since my food processor is grossly undersized and none of us like anything like marzipan .Thanks for another great post . At first I thought it was referring to Garmisch-Partenkirchen ,BRD . Is this where the recipe was first made ? Your repertoire is always so interesting !! I love it ! ^_^ K

  3. Carolyn

    This looks so yummy and I think I may still have time to pull it off for Christmas morning (I’ll make dough tonight and finish tomorrow, then freeze until late Saturday.) 2 questions:
    – Could I sub marzipan for the almond paste? I’d probably need to reduce the sugar as a result – any idea by how much?
    – I’m assuming that the filling could also be made a couple of days ahead?

    Thank you for your wonderful, inspiring recipes this year. Merry Christmas!

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Carolyn – Not sure about the marzipan but I assume so. Just a guess, but reduce the sugar by about 1/3. Yes the filling can be made today and used when you need it. If it is too stiff to spread over the dough easily, warm it very slightly in the microwave. I made the dough and filling ahead, then assembled yesterday, let it rise and baked it off. I wrote the blog while it cooled then we did the finished photo and dropped it in. So there is no reason you can’t do the same, minus the writing and photography.

      Merry Christmas to you and I hope 2017 is your best year ever.

  4. Manisha

    It looks delish Helen specially the filling! My mouth was watering when I was going through its ingredients list :)
    After my mixer’s gear box started giving me trouble I stopped making yeast doughs but this one I really want to give it a try even if it means I have to knead the dough and not the mixer :)

    Take care and love

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Manisha: Sorry to hear about your mixer. That’s a bummer. But this is well worth the effort. I had a piece for breakfast this morning. I don’t always eat a lot of what I blog for fear of weighing 500 pounds. Good to hear from you.

      I am back to normal and feeling good again – although I am very happy the end of the year is coming. The restaurant goes crazy and everyone eats dessert even if they don’t for the next 11 months.

      Lofe you,


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