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Viennese Chocolate Punchtorte – Worth the Wait!

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Viennese Chocolate PunchtorteThis Viennese Chocolate Punchtorte is one of the most amazing cakes you will ever make.  I’ve updated it slightly from my first book, “The New Pastry Cook”. Having baked for so many years there are few desserts I deem extraordinary.  This is definitely one of them.

I love Viennese baking as they seem to have a love affair with their desserts. While they are known for their Sachertorte, I truly believe it can’t hold a candle to this Viennese Chocolate Punchtorte. Continue reading

Cocoa Fundamentals Natural vs. Dutched

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Cocoa Fundamentals Natural and DutchedOne of my readers and I got into an interesting conversation about the fundamentals of cocoa. It dawned on me I don’t have a post about the difference between the dutched and non-dutched or natural cocoa.  They can be confusing but understanding them will help.

In a single sentence, the difference between the two is the natural cocoa is acidic and the dutched cocoa isn’t. However, there is more to know than that. Because of the acid content or lack of it, which leavening is used makes all the difference. Continue reading