October 22, 2004
gone home with cake
Monday, October 18
Her much-too-short 5-day stay in Hawaii had passed quickly and my sister was about to leave now in the Monday morning. Last night while she was endeavoring to pack the impossibly bulky souvenirs of Hawaii into her Rimowa, I did a last-minute baking and made chestnut pound cake. Yes, chestnuts again, but this year I got a LOT of chesnut products (paste and sweetened chesnuts) and was ready to use them away during the autumn.
I used the recipe from the same resource as the mont blanc I made just the other day. In fact, I used the same central ingredients - the same sweetened chestnut paste, sweetened Italian chestnuts, and French rum.
It was a basic pound cake recipe plus an added chestnut paste (optional, but how could I have skipped that part?). Probably because of the rather low baking temperature (325F), my two mini loaves came out looking relatively pale (or was it so just that I tend to bake things too long and burn them in all other cases?), so did the inside of the cake.
The cake was very soft and moist, thanks to the chestnut paste. However, there wasn't so much of chestnut taste, considering the amount used (the same as all other main ingredients in weight). I also felt that I could have used more chestnuts dice, too.
Even so, it was still more than decent and tasted good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and an additional chestnut on top. I had my sister take one loaf home with her, who kindly did so and put it in one of her already full bags (she made it all packed, to my astonishment). I had my slice of the pound cake at home, alone, thinking how time indeed flies, specially when having fun.
posted by chika at: 10/22/2004 10:33:00 AM