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Chestnut Puree - Ideas?

I bought a can of chestnut puree, it says it is sweetened. Looking for ideas on what I could make using it....Anyone? Thanks!

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  1. Try making some chocolate bread pudding & adding it to the base. Maybe use a bittersweet chocolate & reduce the sugar accordingly.

      1. Use as a filling for crepes.

        1. servie it with high quality vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate rum/brandy sauce...oh, decadence!

          1. Thanks everyone! Yum. Love bread pudding. Have never tried mont blanc but have looked now at some recipes, sounds good!
            Love crepes, will think about that one. Serve with chocolate sauce on top maybe?
            The ice cream ones does sound decadent, & easy for last-minute dessert idea as well. Thanks!!

            1. My mom used to make an amazing dessert (she's dead and I don't have the recipe), which was basically a cake baked in a jelly roll pan, then she'd mix the sweetened chestnut puree with whipped cream, spread it on the cake, and roll it up. It was everyone's favorite. Kinda like this....http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

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              1. re: ace

                Sorry about your mom.
                A buche de noel is certainly a great idea. thanks for the idea and for the link. Maybe for x-mas. Did she use to frost it & make it look like a log or not?

                1. re: morebubbles

                  Nope. It actually was made as a bday cake, because we all usually requested it. Just powdered sugar sprinkled on unfrosted cake, rolled up with creme marron and whipped cream. I don't know if I've ever even had a real buche noel- I'm Jewish, so not the kind of thing my mom ever made.

                  1. re: ace

                    Thanks for that, I like the idea of a simpler rolled cake better actually. Around here, buche de noel avail. around the holidays tend to be fancy with all sorts of icing & decorations to make them look like logs, complete with merengue mushrooms, etc. Nice, but the idea you gave me is more do-able, for me anyway. Sounds good.

              2. I've had chestnut flan before. I did'nt particularly like it but I am not big on chestnuts. I believe it is an Italian dessert. I know that some parts of Italy use a lot of chestnuts in their cooking.

                1. I'd put it on a piece of toast with a little butter and... yum! Or, how about melting it down with some unsalted butter and pour over panacakes - WOW!

                  1. How about eating it straight out of the can? Yum. That's my favorite use. It also makes a delicious, albeit expensive, bread spread. Especially on challah.

                    1. You guys are so smart. Of course, on bread and on pancakes! On chocolate bread....

                      1. Add about 3 tablespoons to the wet ingredients in a recipe for pancakes or waffles.

                        1. This may be too far-fetched, but I could see you using it as a stuffing for some kind of dessert dumpling/ravioli, with some kind of light crème anglaise on top...

                          1. you could go savory and pair it with some game. I believe jacque pepin said that it goes very well with game, which one though I don't know.

                            1. Posted by Kate in Oct. 05 and made by me many times since - I use half the butter, though -
                              Thanks a million, Kate, I adore this cake.

                              CHESTNUT BUNDT CAKE
                              My mum uses the French sweetened chestnut puree in tins in the baking section at Wholefoods.

                              Whip/beat together
                              300g/10.5 oz. confectioner's sugar
                              400g/14 oz. sweetened chestnut puree
                              200g/7 oz. butter
                              7 egg yolks

                              300g/ 10.5oz ground almonds
                              1 good pinch baking powder

                              Add carefully without overbeating:
                              7 stiffly beaten egg whites.

                              Pour into a greased and floured baking tin or bundt mold. Bake for 60-65 minutes at 350F/180C. Gently sift over some confectioner's sugar just before serving. Enjoy!

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                              1. re: buttertart

                                Great, thanks for the bundt cake recipe! This looks like something I can make. It is one of those French chestnut puree cans.
                                piccola-the dumpling/ravioli sounds good, but I don't think I'm patient enough,or talented, to make that!

                                1. re: morebubbles

                                  neither am i, which is why i tried to talk you into it ;-)

                                  1. re: piccola

                                    :-D cute! One of us should start a new Topic: 'If I were Talented Enough I would Make....'

                              2. what about a pave? It's like a dense poundcake made with chestnuts and a chocolate glaze. There is a recipe on Epicurious-- it's not the one I used but I can't remember where I found mine. It was really lovely though...

                                1. I've seen it as a filling for some sweet thing, but I can't remember what it was (pastries, tarts?. Sorry.

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                                  1. re: steinpilz

                                    I've remembered - it's crepes, as Hungry Celeste mentioned above, with powdered sugar.

                                  2. My Chinese relatives love to make these not-too-sweet sponge cakes frosted with stabilized whipped cream and mounded on top with chestnut puree forced through a ricer. A beautiful thing.

                                    1. I like my pie... http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                      You might consider tasting the puree and altering it to use, to approximate the taste in the my recipe.

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                                      1. re: Emme

                                        Emme, thank you for that link! Pies are my favorite thing in the world. Wow, your own creation, it sounds really good.

                                        1. re: morebubbles

                                          It came out of my mom's memories of her father. She associates roasted chestnuts with him... I forget exactly why, but I wanted to incoporate them into something, so I just started fiddling one day.

                                      2. This is a great dessert, simple and
                                        elegant, also Italian - I got the
                                        recipie from a Joyce Goldstein book -
                                        anyway its Chestnut Panna Cotta served
                                        with a wee bit of chocolate sauce. I have
                                        served it often to much success. If
                                        you are interested in the recipie I can
                                        post it.

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                                        1. re: addie

                                          Addie- Yes, please post the chestnut panna cotta recipe. I like the idea of lower-fat desserts such as that (chocolate sauce's always good!).

                                        2. Blend one cup of the sweetened chestnut puree with a tablespoon of orange zest and two tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice until well incorported. Buy a box of tiny pre-make phyllo shells, bakethem off and cool them. Put about a heaping teaspoon of the sweetened chestnut puree in them--serve with espresso. (note: If the puree was not sweetened you would have added 1/4 cup powdered sugar to the puree as well.


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                                          1. re: GOING LOCAL

                                            What about orange liqueur? Cointreau, Grand-Marnier, Aurum, Café orange, Mandarine, etc.

                                          2. That chocolate cake roll sounds divine, but in my lazy family, chestnut puree was always eaten with plain yogurt--not really mixed together, just on the same spoon. It's good! Another lazy use I discovered is bake some pear halves, top with a glob of the chestnut stuff, add some little chunks of very dark chocolate, and swirl the melting chocolate with the chestnut as it melts.

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                                            1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                              I mix the puree with a little whipped cream and use it as a filling for a simple chocolate cake with choco buttercream frosting. I think it's based on a Croatian recipe: Torte Varazdin. There's a recipe here that looks authentic--enjoy!

                                            2. How about a venison loin with the chestnut puree and a raspberry puree to act as sweet counterpoints?

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                                              1. re: Plat du jour

                                                Venison loin with chestnut and raspberry purees sounds lovely (now I just need to figure out where to get a loin of venison).
                                                What about adding sweetened chestnut puree to a flourless almond cake? Or making a normal almond cake, filling it with the puree and covering it with a chocolate ganache? That idea makes me think of the chocolate-almond cake in the IKEA cafeteria.

                                                1. ve also added roasted pecans. It is really, really good. Best of Luck to you!