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Jul 23, 2008 03:46 PM

What can I do with chestnut paste?

On a quick trip to Paris, I was charmed by little cans of chestnut paste (they came four cans in a little container.) I was thinking it might be a Nutella like substance, but I have no idea what to do with it. Any ideas?

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    1. Swirl into a batch of homemade ice cream, or heat and dilute with cream, and pour it over ice cream you already have. Marble a cheesecake or brownies with it. Layer in a dacquoise, or use to fill macarons.

      And sometimes I just sneak a spoonful when I've got a sugar craving.

      1. I think I've seen it in a number of cookie recipes. Or tarts.

        I would go to the company's Web site. I would bet they have recipe ideas.


        1. It is NOT Nutella like. Not even remotely!
          Try heating it with milk chocolate, cool, stir in whipped cream (and stiffly beaten eggwhite for lightness). Yummy chestnut mousse.
          Is it sweetened? If not I'm sure you can use it in meat dishes - these are not in my repertoire!

          1. See my post on an amazing chestnut tart I found:
            You also need chestnut purée (unsweetened) and cooked chestnuts, but both are fairly easily come by in fancy foods stores or online.
            This recipe is to die for.