Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 6 Eggs - separated, plus

  2. 2 egg

  3. Yolks

  4. 1 1/2 cups 297g / 10oz Sugar - plus

  5. 1/3 cup

  6. 4 tablespoons 60ml Bourbon - plus

  7. 2 teaspoons

  8. 2 1/2 cups 592ml Pureed unsweetened chestnuts

  9. 3/4 cup 177ml Ground pecans - plus pecan

  10. 1 For garnish

  11. 2 teaspoons 10ml Instant coffee

  12. 6 tablespoons 90ml Chilled butter - cut into 1 1/2 oz 42g Bitter chocolate - chopped

  13. 3/4 lb 340g / 11oz Bittersweet chocolate

  14. 3 1/2 cups 829ml Whipping cream

  15. 1/2 cup 99g / 3 1/2oz Confectioners' sugar

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Make the cake: heat oven to 350.degrees. Grease and flour 2 nine-inch cake pans. Beat 6 egg yolks well. Stir in 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons bourbon, then blend in 2 cups chestnut puree. Stir in ground pecans. Whip egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. Fold whites into batter. Divide mixture between the two cake pans and bake for 25 minutes. Cool on a cake rack, then remove from the pans.

  2. Make the filling: Beat the 2 egg yolks with 1/2 cup of sugar. Add instant coffee and 1 T hot water. Beat Chilled butter into mixture, then add 1/2 teaspoon bourbon and stir in remaining 1/2 cup chestnut puree. Stir in chopped bitter chocolate. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

  3. Melt bittersweet chocolate with heavy cream over low heat. Stir in 2 tablespoon bourbon, transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

  4. To assemble cake, spread the chilled chestnut filling atop one cake layer and cover with the other. Cover the torte with the chocolate icing and sprinkle with chopped pecan pieces. Chill before serving. Meanwhile, prepare a bourbon chantilly to pass at the table. Whip the 2 cups of cream to soft peaks, gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar and then fold in 2 tablespoons of bourbon.

  5. From Chicago Tribune Magazine (cooking section)11-14-93. Featured was Cathy Cary, who with her husband, Will, runs a catering business (La Peche) and a 94 seat restaurant (Lilly's) in Louisville, KY. This issue's feature centered around buffet items for holiday parties.


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