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What can I do with chestnut paste?

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brendastarlet Jul 23, 2008 03:46 PM

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. Adrienne RE: brendastarlet Jul 23, 2008 03:58 PM

    Crepe filling.

    1. chloe103 RE: brendastarlet Jul 24, 2008 04:09 AM

      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. puppymomma RE: brendastarlet Jul 24, 2008 09:42 AM

        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.

        Meryl
        http://inspiredbites.blogspot.com/

        1. Peg RE: brendastarlet Jul 24, 2008 10:54 AM

          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. buttertart RE: brendastarlet Jul 24, 2008 11:00 AM

            See my post on an amazing chestnut tart I found: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/520620
            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.

            1. Emme RE: brendastarlet Jul 24, 2008 03:15 PM

              I make a butternut squash pie with a maple chestnut cream underneath the squash layer... if you want the recipe...

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                brendastarlet RE: Emme Jul 24, 2008 07:20 PM

                That sounds amazing, yes please!

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                  Emme RE: brendastarlet Jul 25, 2008 10:42 PM

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/274778
                  Enjoy!

              2. purple goddess RE: brendastarlet Jul 24, 2008 03:33 PM

                use it to stuff a turkey. Some crispy bacon bits, some tarragon and chestnut paste!

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                  CuriousCat RE: brendastarlet Jul 25, 2008 09:01 AM

                  I've had it as a cake filling, in a light sponge-style cake with not-very-sweet, dense whipped-cream like dressing. If you're a baker, the recipe for the cake would be something like these: http://www.chinese-forums.com/showthr...

                  1. maria lorraine RE: brendastarlet Jul 25, 2008 11:10 PM

                    It makes the best cake in the world, or use it as a filling in a tart:
                    tart crust, chestnut paste, fruit....

                    Amazing ice cream. That's a great suggestion.

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                      fluffernutter RE: brendastarlet Jul 26, 2008 10:32 AM

                      We had both sweetened and unsweetened chestnuts left over from a photo shoot last winter, so I just had this same dilemma.

                      If it's not sweetened, Spicy Chestnut Soup
                      http://www.recipezaar.com/45458

                      If it's sweetened, Chestnut Swirl Coffeecake
                      http://www.recipezaar.com/289405
                      Both are easy and good./

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                        howboy RE: brendastarlet Jul 26, 2008 01:50 PM

                        chestnut paste is one of my favorite things...the easiest way to enjoy it is to spread it on good vanilla ice cream, topped with chocolate sauce.
                        You can also slice a pound cake in half (horizontally) and use the chestnut paste as a filling, then glaze the top and sides of the cake with dark chocolate, sprinkle top with pistachios.

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                          maria lorraine RE: howboy Jul 26, 2008 01:59 PM

                          oh, that sounds mouthwatering...please make some for me right now...

                        2. WCchopper RE: brendastarlet Jul 27, 2008 10:00 PM

                          Since your chestnuts are from Paris:
                          http://fxcuisine.com/default.asp?lang...

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                            NO SLICE RE: brendastarlet May 14, 2012 07:08 AM

                            Serve a scoop of chestnut paste alongside a little creme fraiche for a simple and delicious dessert.

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