Saturday 24 December 2011

Chestnut Loaf Cake

Winter is the time for chestnuts.
The lovely smell of chestnut, the rich & moist texture, the sophisticated note of rum all give to subtle & nutty flavours.
It's great on its own or as an accompanied to a hot cup of tea or coffee.
Also, a great way to celebrate winter.

Wish you all have a merry Christmas & happy New Year.

Recipe (4" x 8" pound cake):
Sweetened Chestnuts
200 g ready to use chestnuts
80 g water
40 g sugar
1 tbsp rum

Combine all ingredients & leave to stand for 2-4 hours.

Chestnut Loaf Cake
150 g sweetened chestnuts, drained & roughly chopped
100 g unsalted butter, soften
90 g icing sugar
2 eggs (L), separated
100 g unsweetened chestnut puree
100 g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp soda
1 tbsp rum

Preheat oven to 170C, mix & sift plain flour, baking powder & soda.
In a large bowl, whisk butter with 45 g of sugar until light & fluffy.
Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, until smooth.
Blend in chestnut puree & rum, mix until smooth.
In another bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy then add in remaining sugar gradually, then whisk to soft peaks.
Add 1/3 egg whites into chestnut batter, fold in gently.
Sift in flours, fold gently to mix.
Add the remaining egg whites & fold until smooth.
Add chestnut pieces & fold to mix.
Pour into a pound cake pan & bake for 40-50 min.
Chestnut Cream
100 g unsweetened chestnut puree
40 g unsalted butter
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp rum

Melt butter in a microwave & combine with all other ingredients.
Remove the cake from the mould.
Decorate with chestnut cream & sweetened chestnuts.


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