Tag Archives: Chestnuts

Some Of My Favourite Recipes…

A few months ago I published the viewers’ favourite recipes, this week I am publishing a selection of my favourite recipes, perfect for this season!

Follow the links, give them a try and let me know! 🙂

 Mixed Seed Wholemeal Bread (high in fibre, very crunchy and delicious!)

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Pizza Bianca Con Mozzarella E Stracchino see Make The Best Pizza Dough (Part 2)

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Pasta E Fagioli (creamy borlotti bean pasta)

Pasta e fagioli (Pasta with borlotti beans)

Wholemeal Chestnut Bread With Rosemary And Pine Nuts (try it warm, with a little piece of butter on top!)

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Gluten-free Buckwheat Gnocchi (already a viewer’s favourite, these gnocchi are incredibly soft and delicious!!!really something to try!)

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  Special Stuffed Calamari (quite a popular quinoa recipe!)

Special stuffed Calamari (front view 2)

 Deliciously Intense chocolate and chestnut biscuits (dark, not very sweet,  delicious served with a glass of milk)

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Double Chocolate Panna Cotta (best dessert ever! This is a single serving recipe, but you can make as many as you like!)

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Dark Chocolate And Marrons GlacĂ©s Tart

As promised, this week I continue my series of recipes dedicated to the chestnut season, with a wonderful dark chocolate and marrons glacés tart. This is a rich dark chocolate tart, enriched with an hint of sweet chestnut flavour and with a luscious creamy filling that will definitely warm you up nicely!

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I know that marrons glacés (candied chestnuts) can be expensive, however, in this recipe I used just 100 g, to add some sweetness and flavour…Believe me, it is worth it! You can buy marrons glacés in pieces, which are a little bit cheaper. I also added a little bit of chestnut flour in the shortcrust, which works quite nicely with the other ingredients, without overpowering their flavours.

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Dark chocolate and marrons glacés tart

(I used a ceramic cake pan of 24 cm of diameter)

Ingredients

180 g plain unbleached flour

40 g chestnut flour

50 g brown sugar

120 g softened butter

1 egg yolk

a pinch of salt

For the dark chocolate and marrons glacés filling

200 ml of milk

200 g of dark chocolate (I used 100 g chocolate with minimum 50% of cocoa solids and 100 g with 70% cocoa solids)

100 g marrons glacés (candied chestnuts)

2 tablespoons dark rum

2 eggs

60 g brown sugar

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Method.

1. Prepare the dough. Work the butter with 50 g of brown sugar and 1 egg yolk. Add the flour with a pinch of salt, then knead well (without overworking) and put in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

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2. Prepare the filling. Separately, puree the marrons glacés using a fork. Then add 2 tablespoons of rum and mix until you get a jam-like consistency.

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3. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie (double boiler). Combine the melted chocolate with the marrons glacés puree, then gradually add 2 eggs and 200 ml of milk. Mix well and put the filling in the refrigerator.

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4. Prepare the tart crust.Take the dough and roll it out on a sheet of baking paper, using a rolling pin. Place the pastry (with the baking paper) on the cake pan and then cut off the excess paper. Pierce the base of the tart a few times with a fork.

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5. Fill the tart crust with the chocolate and marrons glacés filling. Bake at 180 ° C (356°F) for about 50 minutes (the cooking time depends on the oven, check on the cake!).

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6. Let cool, cut and serve.

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Crostata al cioccolato fondente e marrons glacés

Ho usato una tortiera di ceramica di 24 cm di diametro

Ingredienti

180 g di farina 00

40 g di farina di castagne

50 g di zucchero di canna

120 g di burro morbido

1 tuorlo d’uovo

un pizzico di sale

Per la crema al cioccolato fondente e marrons glacés

200 ml di latte

200 g di cioccolato fondente (ho usato una tavoletta da 100 g al 50% di contenuto di cacao e una sempre di 100 g al 70% di contenuto di cacao)

100 g di marrons glacés

2 cucchiai di rum scuro

2 uova

60 g di zucchero di canna

Preparazione.

1. Lavorate il burro con il tuorlo e 50 g di zucchero. Aggiungete la farina con un pizzico di sale e amalgamate bene l’impasto, senza lavorarlo troppo. Lasciate riposare in frigorifero per 30 minuti.

2. A parte, schiacciate bene i marrons glacés con una forchetta. Aggiungete due cucchiai di rum scuro e mescolate, fino ad ottenere la consistenza di una marmellata.

3. Fate sciogliere a bagnomaria il cioccolato. Mescolate il cioccolato sciolto con la purea di marrons glacés, due uova e il latte (aggiungete uova e latte molto gradualmente). Mettete la crema nel frigorifero a rassodare.

4. Prendete l’impasto dal frigorifero e stendetelo con il matterello su un foglio di carta da forno. Trasferite la sfoglia di pasta (con la carta) sulla teglia e tagliate la carta in eccesso. Forate più volte la pasta con la forchetta.

5. Riempite la base della torta con la crema al cioccolato e marrons glacés. Infornate a 180° C per circa 50 minuti (la cottura dipende dal forno, controllate la torta).

6. Fate raffreddare, tagliate e servite.

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Quick And Easy: Chestnut Salad With Apples And Escarole

This week, as promised, I start a series of recipes dedicated to chestnuts. Chestnuts are a wonderful and versatile ingredient, full of fibre, nutrients and vitamins. Basically, they are carbohydrates, but they also contains some good proteins and are gluten-free. These fruits are usually roasted or boiled, sometimes used to enrich salads, stews or soups. Chestnuts flour is also quite popular, often used to make tasty breads and various desserts. Candied chestnuts are also an amazing ingredient when it comes to making desserts, but they are usually quite expensive.

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Today I am publishing a salad with crunchy roasted chestnuts, escarole, pine nuts and apples, packed with vitamins (B1, B2, C etc…) and minerals, to boost the immune system with plenty of flavour and texture!

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Salad with roasted chestnuts, escarole and apples.

Ingredients 

For 4 people

400 g of roasted chestnuts (or boiled, if you prefer) see How to make amazing roasted chestnuts

160 g of escarole or curly-leaved endive, washed and dried

1/2 red onion (optional)

30 g of raisins

40 g pine nuts

2 gala apples, washed and dried

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

the juice of half a lemon

salt and pepper to taste

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Method.

1. Cut the apples and the escarole leaves. Peel and slice the onion then put it in a cup and fill the cup with water. Leave the onion in the water for 30 minutes and then drain (this operation will make the onion sweeter).

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2. Arrange the escarole leaves on the plates, then add the chopped apples with the raisins, the onion and the pine nuts (divide into 4 servings).

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3. Peal the roasted chestnuts then  add them to the salad.

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4. Season with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, a few drops of lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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Insalata di caldarroste, scarola e mele.

Ingredienti

Per 4 persone

400 g di caldarroste (oppure castagne bollite),

per fare le caldarroste seguite questo link:  Come preparare ottime caldarroste a casa

160 g di indivia scarola (oppure indivia riccia) , lavata e asciugata

1/2 cipolla rossa (facoltativo)

30 g di uvetta

40 g di pinoli

2 mele gala, lavate e asciugate

3 cucchiai di olio extravergine d’oliva

il succo di mezzo limone

sale e pepe q. b.

Preparazione.

1. Tagliate le mele e le foglie di scarola. Sbucciate e affettate le cipolle.  Mettete le cipolle a mollo in acqua per 30 minuti (per renderle più dolci), poi scolate.

2. Dividendo in quattro porzioni, sistemate prima le foglie di scarola e poi aggiungete i pezzetti di mele, l’uvetta, la cipolla e i pinoli.

3. Sbucciate le caldarroste e aggiungetele all’insalata.

4. Condite con olio extra vergine d’oliva, qualche goccia di succo di limone, sale e pepe.

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