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Chestnut Dessert

ingredients

serves 6
750 g (1 1/2 lb) chestnuts, shells nicked or 300 g (12 oz) canned chestnut puree
40 g (1 1/2 oz) butter
75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
100 g (4 oz) bitter chocolate

method

1. Cook the chestnuts in boiling water until they are tender, then remove the shells and skins.

2. Sieve the chestnuts to make a puree.

3. Cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in the chestnut puree.

4. Melt the chocolate gently in a heatproof basin over a pan of hot water.

5. Add to the chestnut mixture and blend well.

6. Turn into a lightly oiled and bottom-lined tin.

7. Keep in a cool place until ready to serve.

8. Serve with fresh cream and fruit.

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