Chestnut and almond creams

Chestnut and almond creams

Serve these simple chestnut and almond creams in tall glasses for an elegant winter pudding. A perfect festive dessert for four.

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 4


  • 25g blanched almonds
  • 225g canned chestnut purée
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • Runny honey (chestnut if possible), to drizzle


  • Cover the blanched almonds with boiling water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and slice lengthways into thin shards. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Spread the nuts out on a baking tray and roast for 6-7 minutes, until golden. Remove and leave to cool.
  • Put the chestnut purée in a small pan over a gentle heat and warm through – don’t let it get too hot. Beat in the sugar (the purée will go glossy and dark). Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.
  • Drop alternate teaspoonfuls of the chestnut purée and crème fraîche into 4 x 150ml dessert glasses and swirl with the handle of a spoon. Drizzle with a little honey and scatter with almonds to serve.

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