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Recipe recommendation wanted: chestnut and chocolate cake
Wed 28-Dec-11
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Shereen
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Hello you creative foodie types, hoping one of you can help me out. I accidentally bought a can of chesnut purée when I was at my local deli. I'd meant to buy ready cooked chestnuts but lifted the wrong thing.

Now, I know HFW's done a chestnut and chocolate cake, but does anyone here have a recipe that uses purée rather than whole chestnuts? Or even a recipe they'd consider tried and tested?

Ta ever so.

Wed 28-Dec-11
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Ooh Shereen, I've also got a can of chestnut puree lurking in the cupboard - bought it ages ago when it was some ridiculously cheap price but then didn't know what to do with it doh.  I do recall seeing a recipe somewhere for chestnut and mushroom soup, using chestnut puree, but can't remember the details.

I'd also be interested in any other ideas, thanks for bringing it up.

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Thu 29-Dec-11
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I have- I'll try to dig it out tomorrow.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 29-Dec-11
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Thanks Kate 🙂

I'll not be making it any time soon - there is a ridiculous amount of sweets, biscuits and cakes in the house as it is. Partly thanks to work gifts, and partly thanks to Mum sending me home on Christmas Eve with her overstock.

And Sooliz, the soup sounds lovely. But if I want to be in with a chance of G trying the chestnuts adding chocolate is a safer bet 😉

Thu 29-Dec-11
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Shereen, this one is indeed a chocolate and chestnut cake, but what a lovely read, too, from Juliet Scott.

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Tue 3-Jan-12
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Thanks Brightspark 🙂 Wasn't Books for Cooks the place where Clarissa Dickson Wright worked for a while?

Tue 3-Jan-12
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Shereen

Somewhere I have a recipe that I have meant to try for years, it involves chestnut puree and whenever I come across it I always mean to go out and buy some, I'll see if I can dig it out, from memory it's a cakey dessert thing.

Wed 4-Jan-12
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wave Shereen,

Here is an interesting recipe using chestnut puree & almonds & iced with chocolate ganache.  If you wanted the cake itself to be chocolate flavoured I am sure you could add some cocoa powder or chips of chocolate. Personally I would love the contrast of the mousse-like nut cake with the sumptuous chocolate ganache on top.  The original recipe is in Portuguese at the end which you can use the translator on. 

 

http://www.azeliaskitchen.net/blog/chestnut-almond.....airy-free/

 

As you can see this is a gluten & dairy-free cake so I will also post it on the appropriate thread so it will be easy to find for people who need who suffer from these allergies. 

I too have a lurking tin of chestnut puree in my cupboard¦..!! laugh

 

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