Dec 2009

Chocolate Chestnut Loaf

This is Christmas to me. Sod the turkey, stuffing, mince pies or Christmas pudding. Every year my grandmother would make a dozen deserts. Curd cake, lemon freezer cake (coming soon), raspberry bomb (maybe coming soon) and chocolate chestnut were my favourites…

15.5oz / 440g can of unsweetened chestnut puree
6oz / 175g unsalted butter
4oz / 115g castor sugar
8oz / 230g plain chocolate (75% works well)
2 tbsp brandy

Melt chocolate over simmering water.

Beat butter in a bowl ’til creamy. Add sugar and beat it ’til light & fluffy. Add chestnut puree and beat it until thoroughly mixed.

Add melted chocolate and brandy. Mix thoroughly.

Get a 2lb loaf tin. Display just enough incompetence that your wife lines the tin with greaseproof and rub with butter.

Pour the whole lot in the tin, put some more paper on top, put some foil over the whole lot and stick it in the fridge for at least 8 hours.

Give the bowl & spatula to wife to clean as apology…

In unrelated news, while searching Flickr for a picture, I discovered this. Why did no-one tell me about this…?

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  • 1

    Tue 29th Dec '09
    21:42 UTC

    Sounds really rather nice (and really rather not good for the attempt at losing weight and the avoiding-giving-myself-diabetes attempt). That said, raspberry bomb sounds even better cos anything with raspberries in is good, and raspberries are a fruit therefore it must be good for you!

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    Tue 29th Dec '09
    21:55 UTC

    Oh, it’s very not good for diets. But, thankfully, an inch thick slice is rich. 2 inches would be too much even for me.

    Raspberry bomb I’ll try and find the recipe for, but (IIRC) it’s basically cream, raspberries, meringues and sugar. Frozen…

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