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Gnocchi for Fall

Romantic and melancholic, Fall always tastes like sunset…
The decline of days in a warm colours degradé and bigger nights escort my increasing sleep.
Cold’s arrival doesn’t cheer me up… I always feel some ceremony with coats and unconfortable with this restart.
Nevertheless I can’t avoid the dry leaves crackling, some rain kisses and my crush on chestnuts…

Chestnut gnocchi with hazelnut and milk chocolate sauce

Makes 65 gnocchi:

250 g chestnuts, peeled
250 ml whole milk
10 g butter
50 g wheat flour
30 g sugar
12 g manchego cheese, grated
1 egg yolk

Water to cook the gnocchi
1 vanilla bean
25 g butter
40 g icing sugar

Combine the butter with the vanilla seeds.

Bring the chestnuts and milk to low heat for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked.
Purée the chestnuts.
While warm combine the chestnut purée with all the other ingredients.
Lightly flour a work surface and place the dough in a ball on the work surface.
Roll out the dough into a 3 cms wide rope. Cut this rope into 3 cms pieces.
Gently place the tines of a fork over each gnocchi.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.
Add the gnocchi.
Gnocchi are cooked when they start to float.
Sauté with butter and vanilla and sprinke with icing sugar.

Hazelnut and chocolate milk sauce

200 g milk chocolate, chopped
100 g cream
50 g hazelnuts

Pre-heat the oven to 150ºC.
Spread the hazelnuts over a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes.
Wrap the hazelnuts with a kitchen cloth and scrub to peel.
Grind the hazelnuts while warm to paste.
Combine the hazelnut paste with chocolate.
Bring the cream to boil.
Pour the cream into the hazelnut chocolate mixture and stir well.

Place the gnocchi on a plate and serve with the hazelnut and milk chocolate sauce.
Decorate with roasted hazelnuts.
Serve immediately.


9 Responses to “Gnocchi for Fall”

  1. Y em 13 November, 2008

    Sounds absolutely lovely. I’ll have to bookmark this for when the cold weather returns. Could you substitute the wheat flour for chestnut flour, or might it not hold the gnocchi together?

  2. Susan/Wild Yeast em 13 November, 2008

    Wonderful, so unique!

  3. Vera em 13 November, 2008

    Wonderful dessert, Leonor!

  4. cindy* em 14 November, 2008

    what a comforting looking dish…and so inspired.

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums em 14 November, 2008

    Delightful! This recipe looks and sounds so good! Your pictures are stunning too…



  6. sunita em 14 November, 2008

    That looks utterly delish!

  7. Maria em 15 November, 2008

    Love this recipe! I even posted it on my blog:

  8. Kevin em 24 November, 2008

    I like the sound of a dessert style gnocchi!

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