Is it Christmas Yet? Time For Chestnut Cake!

CategoryCooking MethodTagsDifficultyIntermediate
Yields1 Serving
Yields1 Serving

This dessert is modeled after the famous Mont-Blanc Aux Marrons, a masterpiece formed of pureed, sweetened chestnuts covering whipped cream to resemble the snow-capped mountains. It is a bit labour-intensive because the chestnuts are braised for hours before they are mashed, but consider that our version calls for a soft sponge base topped with fresh cream and covered with a luxurious mound of merlot infused chestnut swirl. It is an absolute pure indulgence that will be worth your efforts.

Ingredients

TO MAKE CHESTNUT CREAM
 200 g ready to eat whole chestnuts
 150 ml Merlot
 30 g sugar
 15 g butter
 150 g fresh cream
TO MAKE WHIPPED CREAM MOUSSE
 200 ml whipping cream
 50 g caster sugar
 25 g gelatine dilution (5 gram gelatin powder + 20 gram cold water)
TO ASSEMBLE
 10 round sponges
 1 batch chestnut cream
 1 batch whipped cream mousse
 2 pipping bags fitted with a round tip nozzle.

Instructions

TO MAKE CHESTNUT CREAM
1

Lightly sauté chestnuts with butter and sugar.

2

Add in Merlot wine and boil until fork-tender.

3

Bring the chestnuts into a bowl attached to a KENWOOD Titanium affixed with a folding attachment.

4

Start mixing until the chestnuts have been mashed.

5

Change the attachment to a creaming beater.

6

Add in cream and keep mixing until smooth.

7

Transfer the chestnuts cream into a pipping bag. Keep chilled until ready to use.

TO MAKE WHIPPED CREAM MOUSSE
8

Pour cream into a KENWOOD Titanium mixer.

9

Affix with a ballon whisk.

10

Start mixing until soft peak is formed.

11

Add in sugar and gelatine dilution.

12

Transfer the cream mixture into a pipping bag. Keep in chiller for at-least 4 hours.

TO ASSEMBLE
13

Gently pipe whipped cream mousse on the sponge to form a mount.

14

Pipe the chestnut cream from one side to the other in a circular pattern to cover the whipped cream mount. Set the cake in refrigerator overnight.

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This recipe uses Kitchen Machines