Recipe: Chestnut cake

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Serves 8

750g chestnuts
250g butter
150g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
300g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
100g double cream
200g icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Place the chestnuts on a baking sheet and roast for 30 mins until the skins are bursting and the nuts are soft. Peel the chestnuts and allow to cool, setting aside a few for decoration. Using a food processor, turn them into a rough paste, then set 100g of the chestnut mixture aside. 

Reduce the oven heat to 190°C/gas mark 5.

Add 150g of the butter to the main chestnut mix and process until combined thoroughly. In a large bowl, cream the chestnut butter and sugar together with the back of a wooden spoon until fluffy and light. Beat in each egg, one at a time, until smooth and combined. Sift the flour, then fold it into the mixture gradually, along with the baking powder. Stir in half
of the cream.

Pour the batter into a greased and lined 1.4kg loaf tin. Bake for 1 hr until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool until it can be removed from the tin to cool completely. 

Place the remaining chestnut mixture in the food processor with the rest of the double cream. Combine until a fine purée. In a bowl, cream the icing sugar into the remaining butter until smooth, then beat in the chestnut cream. Remove the cake from its baking paper and top with the icing, decorating with the reserved chestnuts. 

Other chestnut receipts in the Sept/October issue of LandScape includes:

  • Chestnut, thyme and cheese tart
  • Chestnut soup
  • Roast chestnut jam
  • Chestnut trullfes

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Chestnut and bacon salad

Serves 6
12 thin rashers dry cure streaky bacon
175g cooked chestnuts
3 slices crusty bread
6 tbsp cold pressed rapeseed oil
70g rocket
1 carrot
1 green eating apple
1 small red onion
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tsp wholegrain mustard

Place the bacon on a baking tray and cook in a preheated oven 200°C/gas mark 6 for 10 mins until crispy. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool. Cut the bread into cubes and scatter onto the tray the bacon was cooked on. Toss in the fat from the bacon.
Drizzle with 2 tbsp of oil, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Bake for 12-15 mins until the bread is browned and crisp. Place on kitchen paper and leave to cool.
Meanwhile, put the rocket leaves in a bowl. Add the chestnuts, while breaking them into pieces. Trim the carrot and shave into ribbons with a potato peeler. Add to the bowl with the thinly sliced red onion. Just before serving, core and thinly slice the apple and add to the bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining oil, vinegar and mustard with a little seasoning. Pour over the ingredients in the bowl and toss to combine. Add the toasted bread cubes. Divide equally between 6 serving plates. Top each salad with the crispy bacon rashers broken in half. Serve immediately.

Other harvest feast recipes from our Sept/Oct 2014 issue:

• Roasted beetroot with soured cream
• Sauteeed vegetables in lemon butter
• Slow roast pork with roasted apples and onions
• Autumn pudding

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