i used basic yellow sponge cake as the base. the recipe is from pook. the cake is crispy at the side but fluffy and dense inside with the aroma of vanilla which i like, compared to eggy taste. im using three different sizes of heart shaped cutter to cut out the base. the smallest one is when there's those "leftovers". for the chestnut puree and cream, recipe is from ju.
placing sponge cake into heart shaped cups
Yellow sponge cake
40g Cake flour
2 Large eggs
2 Egg yolks
½tsp Coarse salt
½tbsp Vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to
Sift the flour and Cornstarch together, set aside.
25x25cm 9 inch baking pan with baking paper.
Beat the eggs, egg yolks, sugar and salt until very thick and pale (thick ribbon).
Add the vanilla and beat to combine.
Pour the sifted flour into the egg mixture, fold to combine.
Pour the melted butter mixture (drizzling, if possible) into the batter and fold to combine.
Pour the mixture into prepared pan.
Bake for 18 minutes or until golden and spring when touch lightly.
Remove the cake from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack
For chestnut puree
1 large egg yolk
1 vanilla bean*
* I used 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Slice the vanilla bean in half length wise and scrape the seeds into a small saucepan. Add the cream, sugar and whisk in the yolk. Heat over low heat, continually stirring until the mixture begins to thicken. Take the pan off the heat and allow the vanilla bean to steep while the mixture cools.
2. When the mixture is cool, put it in a food processor along with the pureed chestnuts. Blitz until smooth and creamy.* Put a spoonful of chestnut puree in the double mesh strainer over a bowl and press through using a spatula. Strain the rest of the chestnut puree, cover and set aside.
* I did not use a food processor. Instead, I handwhisked till as creamy as I could, and i did not put everything through a sieve (like pureeing baby food).
1/3 cup chestnut puree
1 tsp rum
1. In the clean dry bowl of an electric mixer, add 3/4 cup of heavy cream. Using the whisk attachment, beat until the cream holds soft peaks. Add the sugar and beat until the sugar is incorporated. Add 1/3 cup of the strained chestnut puree and mix until the cream holds firm peaks being careful not to over mix.3/4 cup heavy cream
i brush on a simple sugar solution, ie, boil equal parts water to sugar till everything dissolves, on top of the sponge cake and then leave to cool. Then brush the sugar solution onto the sponge. Pipe a generous dollop of chestnut puree in the centre. Then pipe the chestnut cream on top. I added some valrhona crunchy dark choc pearls and then add fresh chestnut to decorate. REFRIGERATE it.
i feel like is not very nicely done. the heart shaped isnt obvious other than the cup itself. and i've got left over chestnut puree and cream! tmr going to try baking chestnut swiss roll? or muffins? psst, there's borders sale tmr at expo starting from 10am! head on down if you want (:
VERDICT: the chestnut cream and puree is YUMMY! esp when is cold from the fridge. and is not too sweet. definitely worth trying again (:
im submitting this to ASPIRING BAKERS #4 LOVE IN THE AIR hosted by ellena.
side qn, anyone who have a big oven and would like to buy silpat? i washed (my habit to wash everything i bought before i keep it) and kept the silpat that my sis in law bought for me last yr as christmas present, in the cupboard. today when i saw it and thought i could use to bake cookies then i realise is too big for my oven! she bought TWO big ones! *faints* is NEW! if anyone wants to buy it, pls let me know. dont want to waste it. then i can buy the smaller ones. thank you! (: