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Chocolate Chestnut Gateau

Ingredients
For cake
  Cocoa powder 2 Tablespoon
  Hot milk 2 Tablespoon
  Flour 2 Ounce
  Baking powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Butter 4 Ounce, softened
  Caster sugar 4 Ounce
  Almonds 2 Ounce, ground
  Almond essence 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Plain chocolate 2 Ounce, melted
  Coffee essence 2 Tablespoon
  Water 1 Tablespoon
  Eggs 2 , separated
For finishing
  Canned sweetened chestnut spread 8 Ounce (1 can)
  Double cream 1⁄2 Pint, whipped
  Brandy 1 Tablespoon
  Grated chocolate 1 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat oven to temperature of 350 degrees.
2) Grease a deep round cake tin of 8-inches. Use non-stick parchment or greased greaseproof paper to line it.
3) With sifted flour, dust the inside of the prepared tin.

MAKING
4) Blend together the milk and cocoa. Set aside to cool.
5) Into a bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
6) Add all the remaining ingredients, except for the egg whites, and then add the cooled milk-cocoa mixture.
7) Beat the concoction for 2 to 3 minutes, till the ingredients have all blended well.
8) Beat the egg whites till they are stiff and then fold them into the cake mixture till blended evenly.
9) Into the prepared tin, spoon the mixture.
10) Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or till firm to touch.
11) Turn the preparation out and cool it on a wire rack. Take off the paper lining. Cut the cake in half.
12) If you want to freeze the cake, flash freeze the slices first, till they are firm and then wrap in cling film. Pack the cake slices in a freezer bag, seal, label and return to the freezer.

FINALIZING
13) In a bowl, out half of the chestnut spread and fold in half of the whipped cream, along with the brandy.
14) If using frozen cake halves, take them out of the freezer, remove the wrappings and thaw the cakes in the fridge overnight. Prepare the icing mixture as directed in Step 13.
15) With the mixture, sandwich the cake halves together and spread the remaining mixture over the top and around the edges of the cake.
16) In the center, scatter the grated chocolate.

SERVING
17) Place the cake on a decorative serving platter once the icing and garnish have set and serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Makes a good dessert.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Interest: 
Holiday
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Chocolate
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes

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