Chestnut Bundt Cake with Chocolate Chips

A simple and delicious chestnut cake using sweetened chestnut purée, with the addition of chocolate chips for extra indulgence.

chestnut cake with chocolate chips on wire rack

Chestnut Cake

It has been a few months since I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and cook with Mimi Thorisson in her home in south-western France. I find myself frequently reminiscing about the recipes we cooked, what we chatted about while we were sitting at her vast dining table, and the recipe notes which I exchanged with the other ladies in the workshop. I think often of her impossibly beautiful children with their impeccable politeness, not to mention their envious appetite for everything their mother would put before them.

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Chocolate Pavlova with Chestnut Purée

A Chocolate Pavlova with Chestnut Purée, which is perfect at Christmas or any time of the year! An easy chocolate pavlova recipe which is a delicious twist on a Mont Blanc dessert. A great recipe using sweetened chestnut purée.

chocolate pavlova with chestnut purée on cake stand with jug of cream

Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas celebration with your friends, family and loved ones.

Christmas in our home today started with a leisurely breakfast … until the children realised that they could open their Christmas stockings once they had finished their meal. I had never seen them chomp down their toast and scull their milk so quickly!

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Mont Blanc Chocolate Pavlova

A delicious chocolate pavlova with sweetened chestnut purée. This dessert is the combination of a Chocolate Pavlova and Mont Blanc dessert. Here is an easy chocolate pavlova recipe, plus a homemade chestnut purée recipe.

mont blanc chocolate pavlova with whipped cream and shaved chocolate

As soon as the weather in Switzerland starts to take a dip, the roasted chestnut carts magically appear and I know that my favourite dessert will soon be in all of the pâtisserie shops.

Roasted chestnuts alone are a gorgeous treat, especially since they also perform a double function as lovely hand warmers, but one of my favourite ways of enjoying chestnuts is in a simple Mont Blanc dessert.

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Chestnut Soup with Bacon & Parsley

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As soon as the street vendors start setting up their chestnut-roasting stations in Zurich, I know that Christmas is around the corner. I adore these roasted beauties, their sweet and fluffy interior making for the perfect street snack when you need something warm and filling. Sometimes when the air is bitingly cold, a little bag of roasted chestnuts is the perfect excuse to warm your hands while you are waiting for your tram.

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