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sweet applications for frozen peeled chestnuts?

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mistysfinds Jan 29, 2012 02:59 PM

I have half a bag of frozen peeled chestnuts I bought at HMart for making a Korean chicken soup (samgyetang). I'd like to use the rest of them to make a sweet baked good or confection. Are they suitable for this? Ideas?

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    magiesmom Jan 30, 2012 05:56 PM

    chestnut mascarpone mousse is one of the best foods on earth. Skip the tuilles, skip the crust.
    http://www.bakingobsession.com/2009/0...

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      mistysfinds Jan 31, 2012 05:46 AM

      Sounds really good. If I make chestnut puree that opens up lots of recipes. would I just steam the chestnuts and then stick them in the food processor?

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      wyogal Jan 30, 2012 06:48 AM

      I've put ground chestnuts into a poundcake recipe. Brushed with hazelnut or amaretto when finished.

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        mistysfinds Jan 31, 2012 05:48 AM

        I like the simplicity. so many choices!

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        Querencia Jan 29, 2012 08:56 PM

        I am not seriously suggesting this but in Zurich all the rage on every restaurant dessert table was chestnut paste put through a small tube so that a dish of it looked like spaghetti. It was always topped with a red sauce (jam? strawberries?) and grated coconut, to suggest tomato sauce and grated cheese. This must be very popular there as we saw it all over the place.

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          mistysfinds Jan 30, 2012 05:47 AM

          that sound really sweet and intense. interesting.

        2. ipsedixit Jan 29, 2012 07:51 PM

          Make chestnut pie.

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            mistysfinds Jan 30, 2012 05:46 AM

            This tart looks good, if a little too chocolatey for my taste. But sounds you're talking about a more straightforward chestnut pie. Can you point me in the right direction?

            http://www.gourmetworrier.com/2009/04...

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              ipsedixit Jan 30, 2012 06:38 AM

              Try this one.

              http://fxcuisine.com/Default.asp?lang...

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                HillJ Jan 30, 2012 06:43 AM

                Interesting choice, ips. That recipe takes 3 hours according to the writer and uses chestnut puree, chestnut spread, whole roasted chestnuts and almonds. Have you tried it yourself? Sounds very rich.

                http://www.sixteenbeans.com/2011/05/c...
                I'd recommend this one and instead of toasting the chestnuts out of the bag I would puree them.

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                  ipsedixit Jan 30, 2012 06:59 AM

                  I just threw that out there as an example that it *is* possible to make chestnut pie (as opposed to a tart).

          2. HillJ Jan 29, 2012 03:05 PM

            I just used up the last of my roasted chestnuts in a cookie and they are super delicious:
            http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/12/roa...
            I added more cinnamon to the powdered sugar than the recipe states and I also added a touch of espresso powder in one batch and a dash of cocoa powder in another but they are melt in your mouth good and super easy to bake. Chilling the dough for about an hour is a key step here.

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              mistysfinds Jan 29, 2012 04:16 PM

              do you think I can roast them even though they are already peeled?

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                chefj Jan 29, 2012 04:32 PM

                Are the Peeled ones you bought are already cooked ? If they are you can just pick up the recipe after the roasting process.

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                  mistysfinds Jan 29, 2012 04:55 PM

                  The package doesn't say so. It says to steam them for 20 min or microwave for 6.

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                    chefj Jan 29, 2012 05:31 PM

                    I that case you need to cooked them first as directed and then give them a quick saute on high heat with a little butter till they are a bit browned in spots. Cool and proceed

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                  HillJ Jan 29, 2012 06:09 PM

                  mistysfinds, since I have actually baked these cookies and it already contains a good deal of butter, I'll have to disagree with chefj's recommendation to saute on high heat with butter. You want dry not buttery chestnuts for this recipe. But I would make sure they are good and dry out of the bag and then toast them on a tray for a few minutes in the oven and then crumble them in a food processor or well chopped and proceed with the recipe as written. Enjoy!

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                    mistysfinds Jan 30, 2012 05:53 AM

                    so regardless of whether or not I use butter, how dark should I should brown them? Am I treating them like, say, macadamias where I would only want a light toast?

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                      HillJ Jan 30, 2012 06:06 AM

                      Exactly. Lightly toast, then chop fine.

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                        chefj Jan 30, 2012 03:24 PM

                        You will find that toasting an peeled chestnut will make the out side like leather.
                        I doubt very much that the bit of butter clinging to the chestnuts will effect the cookie much at all.

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                          HillJ Jan 30, 2012 03:52 PM

                          I was referring to this specific cookie recipe with has two sticks of butter in it. But I'll defer to whatever the OP decides. I've made the recipe, using toasted chestnuts-no leather problems.

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                  geminigirl Jan 30, 2012 04:29 PM

                  Thanks HillJ for the recomendation. I had seen the recipie and thought about making it from my now bottled and frozen chestnuts leftover from the holidays. When I read the reviews last, no one had made them from I believe bottled or frozen chestnuts. Maybe I will give it a try...thaks

                  1. re: geminigirl
                    HillJ Jan 30, 2012 05:12 PM

                    Sure geminigirl. It's just a matter of preparing the chestnuts properly beforehand. Even SK's recipe refers to two prep versions of the chestnuts. I hope the recipe is to your liking. I did fudge with the icing sugar flavors a bit to offer a variety and without the icing sugar the cookies are not the same smooth moist deliciousness.

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