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Chestnut Puree - Ideas?

morebubbles Oct 17, 2006 03:02 PM

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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    LanaBouchet Dec 24, 2012 08:53 AM

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

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      riptiki Mar 15, 2011 10:37 AM


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        Plat du jour Nov 29, 2007 10:00 AM

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

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          intrepid cook Dec 10, 2010 08:02 AM

          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.

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          BostonCookieMonster Nov 29, 2007 06:11 AM

          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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            foodslut Nov 29, 2007 06:25 AM

            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!

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            GOING LOCAL Nov 28, 2007 02:39 PM

            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
              riptiki Mar 15, 2011 11:03 AM

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

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              addie Oct 20, 2006 04:28 AM

              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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                morebubbles Oct 20, 2006 11:15 AM

                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. Emme Oct 20, 2006 04:21 AM

                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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                  morebubbles Oct 20, 2006 11:13 AM

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

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                    Emme Oct 21, 2006 06:56 AM

                    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.

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                  k_d Oct 20, 2006 01:02 AM

                  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. steinpilz Oct 19, 2006 02:46 AM

                    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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                      steinpilz Oct 19, 2006 03:10 PM

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

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                      Procrastibaker Oct 18, 2006 09:53 PM

                      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. buttertart Oct 18, 2006 05:52 PM

                        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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                          morebubbles Oct 18, 2006 06:00 PM

                          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!

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                            piccola Oct 23, 2006 12:28 AM

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

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                              morebubbles Oct 23, 2006 11:04 AM

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

                        2. bitsubeats Oct 18, 2006 02:39 AM

                          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.

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                            piccola Oct 18, 2006 02:18 AM

                            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...

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                              cteats Oct 18, 2006 01:05 AM

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

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                                morebubbles Oct 18, 2006 01:00 AM

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

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                                  rockycat Oct 18, 2006 12:52 AM

                                  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. Kitchen Queen Oct 18, 2006 12:51 AM

                                    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. bolivianita Oct 18, 2006 12:43 AM

                                      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.

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                                        ace Oct 17, 2006 11:29 PM

                                        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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                                          morebubbles Oct 18, 2006 12:44 AM

                                          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?

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                                            ace Oct 19, 2006 08:41 PM

                                            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.

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                                              morebubbles Oct 20, 2006 11:19 AM

                                              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.

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                                          morebubbles Oct 17, 2006 06:41 PM

                                          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!!

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                                            fauchon Oct 17, 2006 06:19 PM

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

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                                              Hungry Celeste Oct 17, 2006 06:15 PM

                                              Use as a filling for crepes.

                                              1. superchick Oct 17, 2006 05:48 PM

                                                mont blancs

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                                                  sugarbuzz Oct 17, 2006 04:06 PM

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

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