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The return of the chestnut man

bolos de castanha

Despite some dried leaves lost on downtown streets and these sadly diminishing days, today was the first chilly day.
Fall arrived late and soaked, taking off the closet the scent of an old chill and making the eternal chestnut man return to the streets…

bolos de castanha

Chestnut cakes with vanilla syrup

Makes 70:

Vanilla Syrup:

100 g sugar
100 ml water
5 g vanilla extract or 1/2 vanilla bean.

Bring the water with the sugar and vanilla to boil for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Remove from heat and set aside.

Chestnut cakes

200 g boiled chestnuts
125 g sugar
125 g butter, softened
175 g wheat flour
5 g baking powder
70 ml milk
3 eggs

Purée the chestnuts with the milk. Set aside.
Beat the butter with the sugar until smooth and creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time while mixing.
Add the chestnut purée, combining well.
Fold in the sifted flour with the baking powder until smooth.
Cover with wrap film and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.
Grease and flour madeleine pans.
Place the pans on a baking sheet.
Fill ¾ of each pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven, unmold and soak generously with the syrup.


7 Responses to “The return of the chestnut man”

  1. Natalie em 6 November, 2009

    So So beautiful, as usual! I am sure these are absolutely delicious.

  2. Coco Bean em 6 November, 2009

    They look and sound wonderful, I haven’t seen chestnuts yet this season but I’m sure they will be around in a week or two so I’ll have to remember this recipe!

  3. Raluca em 6 November, 2009

    These look amazing!! Will have to try them soon!
    I just think your blog, recipes and Miguel’s photos are incredible!

  4. Von em 6 November, 2009

    I love chestnuts- this looks cute and delicious!

  5. Margaret em 7 November, 2009

    Another incredible recipe with gorgeous pictures. I am making these for sure!!

  6. Julia @ Mélanger em 9 November, 2009

    How adorable. Those cookies, and the photograph!

  7. anna em 15 November, 2009

    Those look so simple and good! I love little things like these, that can just be popped in the mouth.

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