Happy National Dessert Day

Channeling an aurora borealis with Mont Blanc on mini chestnutcream-filled sponge cake layers

The windfall of chestnuts this year has resulted in a swarm of visitors scrambling to collect the shiny, dark brown morsels from the forest floor. We’ve had more than our fair share but I keep gathering them since the branches of our neighbor’s young castagno overhangs our vegetable garden. The owner is around only during summer and it seems such a waste to see so many just laying there on his side of the fence, but those that drop on our property get scooped up lickety split.

I make a Mont Blanc dessert in some shape or form every year so this was perfect timing for the October 14th food holiday. The main component is the chestnut puree (the most troublesome part in my opinion), so I’ll elaborate with photos of this chestnut cream layered mini cake in a following post.

6 thoughts on “Happy National Dessert Day

  1. Nonna T

    What a masterpiece! I wish that I could taste it. It is time consuming to get the chestnuts from the nut to the end product. Whew! And congratulations too. Those Italian forager’s influence is rubbing off on you 🙂 Where we live it is wild fennel foraging time….How I miss a good porchetta rubbed with fennel…


    1. Rowena Post author

      I have never seen wild fennel in these parts, but they would be very much appreciated, and with porchetta as you say! Cooking fennel is a lot less hassle than prepping chestnut puree that’s for sure.


    1. Rowena Post author

      I had no idea! I think it could be MotH’s fave as well…we polished off both so let’s see if I can gather up enough to make another one…errr..two!



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