Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Celebrating Independence Blog Hop - Final Day

Welcome blog-hoppers for the first day of the Celebrating Independence Blog Hop.
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Here's a yummy recipe to try. Come back all 4 days for more recipes. Save them for later though, so you can continue on your hop. Just click here to return to the list of blogs and pick you new destination.

Chestnut Cake

3/4 pound whole chestnuts, drained
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 tablespoons dark rum 9separated)
16 ounces unsweetened chocolate chips (separated)
6 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Then grease the parchment paper.

Separate the eggs.

In a food processor puree the chestnuts with the butter and 4 tablespoons rum, scraping down the sides, until the mixture is smooth. Melt 10 ounces chocolate chips and add to mixture blending well. Add egg yolks one at a time.

In another bowl make meringe. Beat the egg whites, add salt, beat until soft peaks. Add the sugar a little at a time, beating until stiff peaks form.

Whisk one fourth of the meringue into the chocolate mixture, then fold in remaining meringe. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes to an hour, or until a knife inserted comes out with crumbs adhering to it and the top is cracked. Let cool 5 minutes, remove and let cool completely.

Glaze: Melt 6 ounces of chocolate chips. In serparate pan bring to a boil 1/2 cup cream. Mix melted chocolate and hot cream, stirring until smooth and then stir in 1 tablespoon of the rum. Glaze the cooled cake with mixture.

Serve cake with whipped cream and chopped chestnuts or chocolate chips.


  1. This recipe...and your books look awesome!! Thanks and have a great 4th of July!

  2. Wow, something tasty to try and it does look tasty. Thanks
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. Happy 4th of July's and thanks for sharing the yummy recipes:)

  4. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

    Thanks for the chance!

  5. I've been a GFC follower for a while!
    Chestnut Cake (or looks like a pie)...Are chestnuts in season in the summer? We think of chestnuts in the winter--roasting over an open fire. Weird.
    Happy July 4th...Stay cool!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  6. That looks delicious!


  7. I've never had chestnuts in a pie before.I've put them in a panettone before though. And I've never used them in Summer either. But you can't go wrong when chocolate is involved!

    Thanks for another recipe!
    GFC - Rae M.

    Happy 4th everyone!

  8. This pie sounds yummy :)
    GFC Savannah miller

    Thanks for the great recipe :)

  9. The Pie sounds and looks delish!! Happy 4th and thanks for the chance to win :)
    malibu311 at gmail dot com

  10. Suddenly I'm so hungry!

    Happy 4th of July!

    I'm not from the States, but I'm happy for my friends from there.


    GFC cassandra pearson

  12. It's called cake, but the consistency is more like a cheese cake. Not quite pie, but not quite pie :-)

  13. Wow, sounds yummy! Happy 4th!
    GFC: Emily


  14. This is interesting...I've never baked with chestnuts before.
    GFC: isabelli3619

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  15. Thanks so much looks yummy I will be trying that LOL

  16. omg that looks sooo good lol im gettin ready to write it down now lol cant wait to make this