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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Chestnut Cake

(Kestaneli Pasta)

Chestnut Cake
1 kg Chestnuts or 2 cans of whole chestnuts, each 439 gr (15.5 oz)
2 1/2 cup (250 gr) powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
60 ml unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tbsp cocoa powder
250 gr frosting
1 package tea biscuit
1/2 cup warm milk

1.5 liter round shape Pyrex bowl

Boil the chestnuts and peel them off. Blend with a food processor. Add the butter, powdered sugar and egg yolk, and knead. Divide the dough into two. Leave one half plain. Add the cocoa to the other half and mix.

Soak each tea biscuit in milk for a few seconds and line them inside the bowl along the sides and bottom. Place the plain puree all over the surface of the biscuits. Place the puree with the cocoa in the middle. Cover the top with the remaining biscuits, again soaked in milk. Cover the Pyrex bowl with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge overnight.

The following day, use a long knife to loosen the sides of the chestnut cake. Place on a service plate upside down. Cover the cake with frosting. If you like, you can also decorate with grated chocolate and cherries as shown in the picture.



At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you have a tea biscuit recipe?

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur Hanim merhaba,
Siteniz hayat kurtaricim oldu. Tarifi denemeden once bir sorum olucak, acaba biskuviler yapismadan borcamdan nasil cikariyorsunuz, onun icin borcami yaglamam gerekli mi? Ikinci sorum bizim Turk petit beure biskivuleri diger biskuvilere gore daha yumusak olup, dagilabiliyor. Siz ne tur, yada hangi marka biskuvi kullaniyorsunuz? Tesekkurler,
Tarifinizi denemek icin sabirlaniyorum.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Balkiz,
Pastayi, ertesi gun buzdoabindan cikardiktan sonra, uzun bir bicak yardimi ile boydan boya siyirarak kolayca cam kaseden cikarabilirsin. Ben de burada, genellikle Turk bakkaldan aldigim Petit Beurre biskuileri kullaniyorum. Sutun icinde bekletmeden hemen batirip cikardigin zaman parcalanmayacaktir:) Simdiden eline saglik...

At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Binnur
i just wanted to ask you for how long do you boil the chestnuts? and you remove them out of their shells, correct?

Thank you, Rana

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Rana,
Boil for about 15 minutes on medium heat. Remove the shells and inner skins.

At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur,
I've been following your site for months and love it.I just happened across this recipe for chestnut cake and was surprised because I had not found it under the desserts or cakes and cookies sections.I came across it while using your search box for something else.Are all of your recipes included under the food type categories? thanks. Zeyneb

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hello Zeyneb,
It is under the Cakes & Cookies section:)

At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hiya.I would love to try this recipe one day. Is the topping made of whipped cream?

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Yes, I used whipped cream as a topping:)

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Good afternoon, Binnur.

Is it possible to use water chestnuts? Whole (roasted) chestnuts are expensive in my town. At one store, it costs $30 for a quarter of the amount required for this recipe. I have not seen any fresh chestnuts.



At 7:53 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Cassaundra ,
I've never used water chestnuts in this recipe.It is up to you:)
Take care,


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