Friday, March 2, 2012

Mont Blanc - Chestnut Cake






Jane's corner

They must retrench; that did not admit of a doubt. But she was very anxious to have it done with the least possible pain to him and Elizabeth. She drew up plans of economy, she made exact calculations, and she did what nobody else thought of doing:  she consulted Anne, who never seemed considered by the others as having any interest in the question. She consulted, and in a degree was influenced by her in marking out the scheme of retrenchment which was at last submitted to Sir Walter. Every emendation of Anne's had been on the side of honesty against importance.  She wanted more vigorous measures, a more complete reformation, a quicker release from debt, a much higher tone of indifference for everything but justice and equity.

Persuasion- Jane Austen (1816)

 
Mont Blanc- Chestnut cake
A recipe of Benoit Molin

Ingredients for 6:

For meringue:
3 eggs
 100g icing sugar + 50g

For Chocolate base

200g of 70% cocoa dark chocolate
100g butter
200g  of mix puffed rice cereals & whole grain muesli

For Chestnut puree

500g chestnut
1/2 litre milk
100g powdered sugar
1 vanilla pod
30g butter
100 ml thick cream

500ml whipped cream

Directions :

For mini meringue:

1) Preheat oven to 80°C . Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2) Beat egg white till creamy. Gradually beat in sugar till stiff peak.

3) Pipe or spoon small portions or size of a cotton wool onto baking tray & bake for 1 hours till dry but not brown.

For chocolate muesli base

1)Melt chocolate & butter on double boiler on medium heat. Remove from heat . Add in puffed rice cereals & muesli. Stir till all combined.

 
2) Spoon Chocolate muesli in mini tart mould & press with the back of the spoon. Let them set in refrigerator

For chestnut puree

1) Slice vanilla bean in half length wise & scrape the seed into a saucepan with milk & chestnuts. Once cooked remove from heat & drained. Smashed chestnuts till puree.
2) Fold in thick cream & butter till all combined.

Assemble the cake

1) Place mini meringue in the center of the chocolate muesli base. Pipe whipped cream around the meringue .


 2) Place the chestnut puree in piping bag & pipe them in free style fashion on top of the whipped cream. Dust the Mont Blanc with icing sugar.


 Bon Appetit

41 comments:

  1. Wow look amazing dear so nice pictures:))

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  2. Merci Gloria. Have a lovely weekend : )

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  3. Yum! These look incrediable!

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    1. Thanks Serena for your lovely compliment : )

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  4. Oh, wow!!! What stunning cakes! Deliciousness on top of deliciousness! You did a marvelous job with these beauties~

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    1. Ghee! Thanks Lizzy. It means a lot to me coming from you!

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  5. Hi Kit, I love your Mont Blanc, looks awesome. I wanted to do this for the longest time but yet to try it out. LOL
    Your photography skill and presentation is excellent.
    Have a nice weekend. Regards.

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  6. Thanks Amelia. I did hesitated to start because of all work to make it. But the end result is not bad & very tasty too! I assure you that I don't do this every month but once every 10 years, perhaps!! LOL Have a pleasant weekend to you too! :)

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  7. These look absolutely beautiful, its so nice to see Chestnut Puree used in a recipe.
    I think its a real treat to set some time aside to make a cake/pastry/bread from scratch it so rewarding when it all comes together.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely compliment. Yes, I agreed that it's really rewarding when we finally make it. : )

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  8. Kit, it is really amazing, hats off to you dear

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    1. Thank you so much Faseela for your awesome words! Have a lovely day! : )

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  9. Wow amazing cakes! I love your blog too.

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    1. Ghee! Thanks for dropping by & your lovely compliment. I love your blog too & your bakes are so lovely! : )

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  10. Talk about a show - stopper!! I can only imagine how amazingly it tastes! Thank you for sharing, Kit!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by & your kind words. Have a lovely day : )

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  11. These look so amazing and delicious - love meringues, chestnuts and oh did I mention chocolate!

    Persuasion is my second favourite - after P&P

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    1. LOL..I guess we have a lot in commend you & I, for chocolate meringue & chestnuts! Thanks for the compliment. Ya, me too love Persuasion. Captain Wenworth is soo dreamy isn't he?

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  12. These look delicious...well worth the time you spent I think! A great combination...I'd like to make some Mont Blancs soon...but the list of recipes is getting longer!

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    1. Thanks Laura for dropping by. Yes,I think it's worth the time spending on making everything from scratch because the end result is always rewarding. Ya, I have long list of recipes too that I don't even know where to start! LOL

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  13. I love that. Its naturally gluten free if I use GF muesli. Have you used canned chest nuts or the fresh ones?
    BTW you have a lovely lawn. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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    1. Thanks Balvinder. I used fresh chestnut but you can use canned as well. On behalf of my hubby, I'll like to say thank you. Because the lawn is his domain. Have a lovely weekend too, Balvinder : ))

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  14. These look magnificent - and such beautiful, sunny pictures!

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    1. Thanks Kate for your nice compliment. I think spring is early this year. Can't wait to step outside the garden after the long winter months! : )

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    1. Thanks Clairejustine for your kind words. : )

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  16. not seen or heard of these before - they look pretty. I love chestnut puree !

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  17. Thanks Sarah-Jane. Mont Blanc or chestnut cake is a famous French dessert named after the Mont Blanc. It's cake with chestnut puree, whipped cream , meringue with a base tart usually. This dessert can be found in most bakery in France. If you like chestnut puree then you'll surely like this dessert. : )

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  18. Awesome cake,looks so beautiful n inviting too...

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    1. Thanks for your lovely compliment & for dropping by. Have a lovely day! : )

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  19. Hi Kit,
    Thanks so much for coming by my blog, and thanks for the compliment! Your blog looks yummy! I love the cake name, my maiden name is Chestnut!! and I have great memories visiting Mont Blanc!!
    Come back and visit.
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. I'm glad that this brought back some great memories of your visit at Mont Blanc! You can count on me to visit your creative blog! Have a lovely day! ^^

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  20. wow what an gorgeous cake with so many delicious layers. have never seen anything like this before, well done!
    thanks for dropping by my blog when I was on China trip. I have some gifts from the trip to giveaway on my blog, so do drop by!

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    1. Thanks Shanon for your lovely compliment! I hope you had an awesome trip to China. Sure, I'm heading to your blog now! See you there !^^

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  21. Wow, this looks so delicious! Might try it when i feel very brave :-). thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting on my cake in a jar, got me to visit you. am your newest follower, although that will be dangerous for my waistline...
    would be lovely if you would like to follow back, but no hard feelings if not :-)
    love
    jutta

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    1. Thanks Jutta for your lovely words! Love to have you as my new follower. I would love to be your follower too. Your blog is awesome! ^^

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  22. Hi there!Here I am after your lovely drop by to my blog earlier! I love Mont Blanc.I just came back from HK for my holidays & I had 4 Mont Blanc at 4 different cafes. The reason I tried so many is because I'm planning to make this on a special occasion! Your looked delicious!

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  23. Opps, forgot to tell you that I've just become your lucky 46th follower!Looking forward to visit your blog more often in the future!Cheers!

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  24. Thank you so much Jessie for dropping by & I'm delighted to have you as my follower too. I really do love your blog & hoping to visit your blog more often too. Your bakes are so appetizing! Saw some of your awesome HK photos & lots of yummy pastries too! Great that you sampled some Mont Blanc before making them. That way you'll know how it taste like! I'm looking forward to see your Mont Blanc soon. I'm really glad to know another M'sian blogger & talk about what we love most..... Masak-ing & makan-ing! yeah!

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  25. I love to cook and bake and try new recipes...your blog provides all that!! i have never tried any of these recipes.. this chestnut cake looks especially fun to make. thanks you!!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    happy weekend!

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  26. Thanks for dropping by my blog & glad to have as my follower. Happy that you like my recipes & sure, I would love to follow you back. Have a lovely day! : )

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