........... Corse Recettes - Gâteau Castagna [Chestnut Cake]

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Corsican Chestnut Chocolate cake (courtesy of La Casaloha B&B).

This Corsican cake is simple, but its light, wonderful flavor will impress your friends!

For Desert, why not enjoy a wonderfully light chocolate cake, a local specialty made from ground chestnut flour (you can substitute regular flour) that is very fudgy. To read about other Corsican foods and beverages made from chestnuts, Click here.


Additional required Items: Double-boiler to melt chocolate & butter, medium and large mixing bowls, 1 shallow cake pan

Preparation and Cooking:

  • In double-boiler: Melt chocolate, then add butter. Once melted work into a creamy mix.
  • In large bowl: Beat egg yolks and sugar at high speed into a frothy mix. Stir in the chocolate mixture, add flour and mix again.
  • In medium bowl: Beat egg whites at high speed until very light and fluffy. Fold egg whites into the chocoloate mix in the large bowl.
  • In shallow cake pan or ceramic dish: (sprayed, or greased) pour the cake mixture.

Cook in a slow oven (320 degrees Fahrenheit/160 degrees Celsius) for 20 minutes maximum. A crust should be formed on the surface but the cake should remain moist inside.

** More chocolate can be used for an especially rich treat

Bon Appétit!


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