France & Maman (Francoise)

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 A mother-daughter cooking duo from Paris to Brooklyn. Maman & France live 3,626 miles apart but connect everyday over yummy & mostly French recipes. Bon appetit!

CHESNUT CREAM CAKE (by Maman)

CHESNUT CREAM CAKE (by Maman)

In France, everyone knows 'creme de marrons' (a.ka. chestnut cream) but not many know that a cake baked from this wonderfully-sweet cream is DELICIOUS. Think of glazed chestnuts baked into a cake. It's heaven on earth and people love it, everytime, without fail. Bon appetit!

This cake has become an institution in our family because it's been part of Maman's life forever. She baked it with her mom when she was a kid, living on the Reunion Island (because she couldn't buy boxes of chestnut cream there, she had her grandma send her boxes all the way from France), she baked it when studying for her college exams, she ate it when pregnant with us four, she makes it for birthdays and for Christmas celebrations. We all love it and I've stolen the recipe since then :)

This recipe is extremely easy to make - she even used to make it when visiting us at college in the crappy kitchens of our college dorms! Yes, it's that easy.


Serves 8  l  Difficulty: very easy  l  Prep time: 15min  l  Total time: 45min


INGREDIENTS

1 box of chestnut cream (I get mine here)

4 eggs 

1/2 cup butter (100g)

STEPS

1. Preheat the oven at 450F

2. Melt the butter and mix eggs into an omelette 

3. Mix chestnut cream, butter and eggs with handheld mixer to lighten cake mix.

4. Pour cake mix into silicone cake mold and bake for 30-35 minutes.

5. Let cake cool before taking it out of its mold. 

 
 
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