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Chestnut Torte

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Chestnuts are not just for roasting, try them in this tasty Chestnut Torte. They are first shelled, then cooked until tender and ground fine.

Chestnut Torte

Recipe Ingredients

3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
4 eggs, whites and yolks separated
1 tablespoon rum
2 cups chestnuts (shelled, cooked until tender, then ground fine)
1/4 cup grated almonds, plus 1 tablespoon for preparing pan
1 cup whipping cream

1/2 pound bitter chocolate
1/2 cup butter
Almonds for decoration if desired

Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; prepare two 9 inch cake pans by greasing well and sprinkle the tablespoon of ground almonds on this.

Cream butter then gradually add sugar. Beat then add egg yolks. Add rum. Beat egg whites until stiff. Add chestnuts and almonds to butter mixture, beat thoroughly, then fold in egg whites. Pour into two cake pans. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees, then cool.

Whip the whipping cream with a tablespoon or two of sugar (this shouldn't be very sweet. Spread this on bottom layer of cake and place second layer on top.

Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler. Beat until thick enough to spread. Cover cake with this and decorate with almonds.

Did You Know?

All nuts are rich sources of antioxidants, with chestnuts, pecans and walnuts topping the list. In a recent analysis, researchers discovered that Portuguese chestnuts contained significant amounts of polyphenols, antioxidants linked to the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

When selecting chestnuts, look for those with a rich, brown, hard outer shell - free of soft spots, mold and deterioration. Keep in mind that chestnuts are more perishable than other nuts; they will last about three months if refrigerated.