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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
250 gr frosting
1 package tea biscuit
1/2 cup warm milk

1.5 litre 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 biscuilt 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.

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