What does a forest taste like?
Okay, so this is probably a weird inquiry, but I can’t seem to stop trying to figure it out. I want to figure out how to make a cake with flavours that make you think “dark, misty forest” when you eat it. Basically, if Heston Blumenthal was trying to recreate the Black Forest cake to capture more of the essence of the Black Forest, what would he make? Im thinking along the lines of maybe blackberry, plum, clove, nutmeg, juniper, hazelnut, bergamot tea, thyme, maybe make a spruce tip syrup? Maybe some kind of alcohol that boasts of mossy, oaky notes? I think the main flavours I gotta hit are like dark and deep, mossy, woody, resinous. Can I make a cake that tastes like wet decomposing leaves and pine sap and have it actually taste good??? This is what I need to discover. Any tips at all would be appreciated.