Chestnut and hazelnut cake recipe

The crumbly qualities of chestnuts lend themselves to much more than simply being roasted

With more and more flour varieties popping up everyday on our supermarket shelves, here at be. magazine we decided to give fancy chestnut flour a try. Sweet and rich, this ancient ingredient imparts a delicate, fragrant flavour to any cake or crepe and is a seasonal must-try.

Inspired after meeting Rita and Baden Franceswilliams of Ruefleur Chestnuts in Olinda, Victoria, we tackled their recipe for chestnut cake and were beautifully surprised with the results.

While the egg whites proved the trickiest of the steps – sometimes those pesky peaks are hard to come by – this straightforward recipe really lets the flavour of the chestnuts shine and the moist texture was hard to beat. We went with brown sugar over white, adding a darker, richer quality and served it slightly warm. The roasted hazelnuts are a delicious accompaniment.

Ingredients

1/2 cup grapeseed oil

1 cup chestnut flour

1/4 cup hazelnuts

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, separated

1/2 cup mild honey (chestnut honey if you can get it!)

1/4 cup sugar

Method

1. Place an oven rack in the middle position and preheat to 180C.

2. Spray a 9-inch spring-form pan with non-stick spray and dust with chestnut flour.

3. Roast the hazelnuts in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Rub the nuts in a kitchen towel to remove the loose skins. Some skin will probably remain. Chop until medium fine in a food processor.

4. . Mix together the chestnut flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then stir in the hazelnuts.

5. In another bowl, beat together the egg yolks, oil, honey and 2 tablespoons of sugar until thick and pale – about 5 minutes.

6. Add the flour mixture and mix at low speed until well mixed.

7. Beat egg whites and a pinch of salt in another bowl with clean beaters until they form soft peaks. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar a little at a time until the whites hold a soft peak.

8. Fold into the cake mix 1/3 at a time until well mixed.

9. Pour into cake pan and bake 30 minutes. Then loosely cover with aluminium foil and bake another 10-15 minutes.

10. Place on rack to cool. Remove from tin.

11. . Dust with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream and chopped hazelnuts.

Other ways to use chestnuts this autumn

  • Chestnut-flower honey
  • Simmered and pureed in soups
  • Whipped with cream in a chocolate terrine
  • Slow-cooked in stock and spooned over meat dishes
  • Chopped through stir-fries and pasta dishes
  • Roasted over an open flame

Learn more about the goodness of chestnuts at chestnutfarmvic.com

Recommended reading - Your Melbourne guide for getting active

Travel

8 breathtaking hiking trails around Australia

Discover your love for the great outdoors with this list of stunning hiking trails.

Read more
Community

Meet the joggers and walkers of Melbourne’s Tan track

The Tan track is a jogger's Mecca, with runners and walkers pounding the pavement morning and night.

Read more
Lifestyle

Top training runs in Melbourne

With lush parks, mountains and coastline, the Melbourne area offers some great training runs.

Read more
Lifestyle

Memorable fun runs

We ask Medibank members and Olympic athletes about their most memorable fun runs.

Read more
Community

7 unconventional fun runs

These unique fitness events put a twist in the running experience.

Read more
Lifestyle

Exploring at dawn

We’ve discovered three cities where the contrast between daytime and dawn is especially strong.

Read more
Community

The Great Ocean Road Marathon

Run from Lorne to Apollo Bay in one of Australia’s most visually spectacular marathons.

Read more
Community

Electric Run Melbourne

It’s a dazzling electric wonderland and fitness event at once – and it’s coming to Melbourne.

Read more
In Brief

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Embrace a passionate, two-day cycling course along Victoria's scenic coastline.

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.