Oct 16, 2008


Sorry guys, but I don't have the best photos for this post, but let me tell you I think I have found the BEST crème de marrons based cake recipe ever! After chocolate, the next best thing for me has to be anything sweet and chestnut-ey (I cannot wait until it's Christmas time for a marrons glacés sugar-high moment)! So although on photo, these cakes might look plain, boring or "regular", let that not give you the same impression on the taste. And I should add, the texture too (which is divine, moist in a creamy kind of way). I especially noticed that if you wait 24hrs before eating these, they will taste even better... for some unexplicable reason! And on the upside, this recipe is very low in fat as it happens to be that there is no fat in crème de marrons (something I actually just found out recently) and as you will see, butter does not feature in the list of ingredients. So the only fat comes from the egg yolks and the chocolate. What more can you ask for in this autumnish rather cold time of the year then one of these cakes and cuddle up near a fireplace with a rich luscious hot chocolate?
P.S: I am making these again, hopefully some time soon, but with an improved look and presentation!
Recipe for crème de marrons & chocolate yummies:

75gr dark chocolate, melted in a "bain marie"
300gr crème de marrons (the sweetened kind)
Vanilla extract
1 full egg
40 gr flour
2 egg whites, whisked

Making it:

Preheat oven to th4/160C. Mix the melted dark chocolate, the creme de marrons and vanilla extract in a bowl. Then add the full egg and mix. Then add the flour and mix again. Finally, transfer the whisked egg whites and mix everything gently. Place in mould and bake for 15mins (if you are using small moulds like I did). Let cool, remove cakes from mould, and ideally (if you can wait), cover them up and place in the fridge for 24hrs before degustation. Enjoy!


Peter G said...

I think they look lovely Marianna! As you said, perfect with a steaming cup of hot chocolate...mmm!

Darius T. Williams said...

What do you mean? these pics looks pretty darn good to me!

Daziano said...

Nice recipe, gorgeous pictures!!!

Isn't it funny that they don't have a way to say bain marie (bagno maria) in English!?

diva said...

gorgeous photos!! and with such an autumn feel. congrats on finding the perfect recipe. it's always happy happy times when tht happens. x

Peter M said...

What are you talking about, the photos look fine! These marrons might even need some pop rocks! lol

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Anonymous said...

Hi Marianna,

Thank you! At last a recipe to use my glass of creme de marrons. Making it tomorrow (Christmas Day).

Merry Christmas to you.


Anonymous said...

Hi Marianna,

Loved making this with my 3-year old daughter with a jar of creme de marrons that were given to us as a present from France. Tastes lovely.

cathy said...

had a can of this sitting around for many months - until i found your recipe! thanks so much for sharing :)