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    Chocolate Chestnut Cake

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    3 hrs 10 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins

    40 mins

    ChrisMc's Note:

    This is a fairly involved recipe, but it's worth it - the result is a very rich, chocolate dessert that's a winner at holidays. The outer glaze is fairly glossy, making this a simple, elegant looking dessert. The prep time includes preparation, assembly, and cooling.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    cake

    Units: US | Metric

    For genoise

    For finished cake

    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 6 tablespoons kirsch (cherry liquor)
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1 1/2 cups butter
    • 1 1/2 cups sweet chestnut spread
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
    • chocolate shavings (optional)

    Directions:

    1. 1
      To make the chocolate genoise: Sift together the flour, cornstarch and cocoa.
    2. 2
      Whisk the whole eggs, yolks, sugar, and salt.
    3. 3
      Place over simmering water until the temperature is 100 degrees.
    4. 4
      Whip on high 3-4 minutes.
    5. 5
      Fold in the dry ingredients.
    6. 6
      Cover the bottom of a springform pan with wax paper and pour in batter.
    7. 7
      Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees, then remove from oven and let cool completely.
    8. 8
      Meanwhile, boil the water and sugar.
    9. 9
      Cool and add 1/4 cup kirsch and the vanilla.
    10. 10
      Beat the butter and add in chestnut spread.
    11. 11
      Mix the remaining 2 tbs kirsch into the chestnut mixture.
    12. 12
      If sweetened chestnut spread is not available, use 1 1/4 cup chestnut puree with 1/2 cup light corn syrup.
    13. 13
      Bring the cream to a simmer, then remove from ehat and add chocolate.
    14. 14
      Let stand for 5 minutes, then whisk smooth.
    15. 15
      Cut the cooled cake into 3 layers.
    16. 16
      Brush the bottom layer with 1/3 of the sugar syrup, then top with 1/4 of the chestnut mixture.
    17. 17
      Add the middle layer, brush with another 1/3 of the sugar mixture, and spread with 1/4 of the butter mixture.
    18. 18
      Add the top layer and brush with the remaining 1/3 of the sugar syrup.
    19. 19
      Cover the top and sides with the remaining chestnut mixture.
    20. 20
      Chill the cake for 1 hour.
    21. 21
      Cover the cake with the chocolate-cream glaze.
    22. 22
      If desired, garnish with chocolate shavings.
    23. 23
      Chill before serving.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chocolate Chestnut Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (1448 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 6006.2
     
    Calories from Fat 4619
    76%
    Total Fat 513.3 g
    789%
    Saturated Fat 313.9 g
    1569%
    Cholesterol 2259.0 mg
    753%
    Sodium 2504.8 mg
    104%
    Total Carbohydrate 381.1 g
    127%
    Dietary Fiber 45.9 g
    183%
    Sugars 221.9 g
    887%
    Protein 71.2 g
    142%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    kirsch

    sweet chestnut spread

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