February 20, 2011

Chestnut Cakes


Sunday morning baking, can you think of anything better?


I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend so far. I felt like baking something for afternoon tea today and these tasty chestnut cakes are a perfect little treat for that occasion. Chestnuts remind me of winter, but since we are still in the midst of summer here in Sydney, I've used tinned chestnuts. They are just perfect for making cakes like these ones.


Chestnut Cakes
(Makes 5 big individual cakes or 10-12 small ones)

4 large free-range eggs
50g icing sugar
300g chestnut puree
100g almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
icing sugar, extra, for serving

Preheat oven to 180C and prepare 5 cake tins. Using electric beater, beat the eggs until light and fluffy, add the icing sugar and chestnut puree and continue to beat for a further minute or two. Fold in baking powder and almond meal. Pour into prepared tins and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack then dust with icing sugar to serve.


Happy Sunday everyone!

28 comments:

  1. Delightful! Chestnut treats are so good.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. I love chestnuts :) I've never had chestnut cakes though....these look delicious!

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  3. Can you believe I have never tasted a chestnut. I'm not sure why. Seeing these makes me want to run out and buy some. They look so good.

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  4. I would love to do Sunday morning baking but unfortunately I work on Sundays! Your chestnut cakes look great!

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  5. Wow, never tried chestnut, probably because until about a year ago I used to hate all nuts and legumes :| Boy, was I depriving myself! These look absolutely delicious :)

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  6. I recently baked with chestnut flour and it's such a treat! I wish we had a pronounced chestnut season here where we could buy them on the streets. Alas I suppose our weather isn't good for it.

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  7. Well it's certainly a happy Sunday reading your post Maria. Beautiful chestnut cake recipe. I am always inspired when I visit your blog!

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  8. Sherilyn Palmer20 February 2011 17:35

    thank you for the regular posts. i really look forward to them. Just made your nectarine and haloumi salad for a bbq we had to today and needless to say there was only a few pine nuts left in the bowl. It was just beautiful with the honey mustard dressing I made to go with it. Thanks heaps.
    Sherilyn

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  9. This looks interesting, i have never cooked with chestnut.

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  10. Oi mitä ihanuuksia.Meillä taitaa olla vielä tuoreita kastanjoita,mutta olen kyllä aika harvoin käyttänyt niitä. Itse asiassa pakastimessani taitaakin olla kastanja-tahnaa,joten tämä ohje pitää laittaa talteen:-)

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  11. I have never made any desserts using chestnuts before! This certainly looks wonderful!

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  12. They look lovely Maria. Chestnuts remind me of Christmas back home. My mum makes a lovely chestnut stuffing. I don't think I've ever had them in a cake before!

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  13. Those cute cakes are a fabulous treat!!
    Great shots as well!

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  14. Almond and chestnut, wow, favourites of mine. They look lovely indeed.

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  15. Oh, LOVE Sunday baking. Plus Sunday lazing-around and Sunday eating-what-you-just-baked :) One Sunday I'm going to make your very delicious looking chestnut cakes! x

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  16. Gorgeous photos Maria! I wouldn't mind a couple of these for breakfast!

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  17. Beautiful styling, Maria! This would be so lovely with tea!

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  18. This is perfect for tea time...very delicious!
    ...and your photos are really beautiful!

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  19. Sunday morning is really the perfect time to bake, don't you think? These look delicious!

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  20. Oh yes, it is Sunday morning right now and I am reading about your chestnut cakes ;)

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  21. WOW!!!! I like this recipe.... your blog is really interesting!!! I like it! and you take beautiful photos :))

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  22. Maria, these look wonderful! I love that this is with chestnuts. Gorgeous photos, as always!

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  23. Hi Maria

    Where do you find chestnuts or chestnut puree in Sydney? We had a recipe that called for a tin of chestnuts, but couldn't find them!

    Britt

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  24. Thank you so much for all your comments, I'm so glad you liked this post!

    Stitchybritt: I've seen canned chestnut in many places, for instance, in Fourth Village Provide in Mosman. I'm quite sure Essential Ingredient in Rozelle would stock that too. Hope you can find some!

    Maria
    x

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  25. wow. i just love this post. thanks for sharing this with everyone.cakes on line

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  26. These look really lovely! Does the chestnut puree contain sugar?

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  27. Thank you Rachel!

    No added sugar, look for unsweetened canned chestnuts or puree or use fresh if you can.

    Maria
    x

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