William Curley

William Curley

28th March 2011
William Curley


Chocolate almond biscuit
Chestnut & rum better cream
Chestnut mousse
Crème Chantilly
Confit chestnut
Cocoa powder
Chocolate decoration


  • MAKES: 40 discs
  • 100g egg whites
  • 100g sugar
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 60g egg whites
  • 120g sugar
  • 35g water
  • 550g chestnut puree
  • 220g unsalted butter
  • 30g dark rum
  • 500g Milk
  • ½ Vanilla pods
  • 120g Egg yolks
  • 100g Caster sugar
  • 40g Flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 50g Toscano 70%
  • 300g double cream
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 65gms caster sugar
  • 65g water
  • 175g chestnut puree – unsweetened
  • 7g gelatine
  • 300g double cream
  • 30g dark rum


1. Pre heat oven at 140?C.
2. Sieve cocoa powder. Mix with the ground almonds.
3. In a mixing bowl slowly whisk the egg whites, gradually increase the speed and add the sugar, whisk to a firm meringue.
4. Fold the cocoa powder and almond mixture into the meringue.
5. Pipe out 4cm discs, using 13mm piping nozzle onto a Silpat mat lined tray.
6. Bake at for 45 minutes.
7. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
1. Chop the butter into cubes and bring to room temperature.
2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, gradually add the chestnut puree and beat until smooth.
3. In a mixing bowl whisk egg whites.
4. Simultaneously in a pan, boil together the water and sugar until the temperature reaches 121?C, gradually pour this into the egg whites.
5. Continue to whisk until the meringue becomes firm and cool.
6. Mix the meringue into the softened butter and chestnut mixture.
7. Mix in the Rum.
8. Spoon the butter cream into a piping bag with a nozzle 13mm plain nozzle.
9. Pipe bulbs onto a tray lined with silicon paper.
10. Freeze.
1. Sieve the flour
2. Boil together the milk and vanilla pods.
3. Simultaneously whisk together the egg yolks and caster sugar, whisk until the mixture slightly thickens and turns light in colour.
4. Add the flour to the mixture, whisk until smooth.
5. Add half of the milk to the base, whisk until smooth.
6. Pass through a fine sieve, return the mixture back to the pan.
7. Using a whisk, stir the mixture.
8. When it comes to the boil, bring the temperature down to simmer.
9. Continue to stir and cook out for 8-10 minutes.
10. Take off the heat and add in the chocolate, mix until fully incorporated.
11. Pour the pastry cream onto a shallow tray, wrap with cling film and cool rapidly.
12. Whip the whipping cream and 25g of sugar to a soft peak.
13. Beat the chocolate pastry cream until smooth, fold in the whipping cream.
1. Soak the gelatine in cold water.
2. Boil the sugar, water and marron puree together.
3. Add the pre-soaked gelatine. Blitz with a hand blender and pass through the sieve. Allow to cool,
4. Mix in the dark rum.
5. Whip the double cream to soft peak.
6. Fold the whipping cream into the chestnut mixture.
7. Keep in the airtight container in the fridge.
8. Allow to set in the fridge.
1. Place the chocolate and almond biscuit onto the serving dish.
2. Stick the chestnut and rum cream on top of the chocolate and almond biscuit.
3. Using a palette knife spread a layer of the chocolate diplomat cream evenly around the chestnut and rum cream.
4. Spoon the chestnut mousse into a piping bag with a Mont Blanc nozzle.
5. Pipe layers of the mousse on top by rotating the bag across the cream, building up three layers in total.
6. Lightly dust with cocoa powder.
7. Glaze the chunks of confit chestnut.
8. Pipe a bulb of crème Chantilly.
9. Place the chestnut and chocolate copeaux on top.

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