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Posted on 2008-04-07

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Mock Chestnut Torte 19833 views
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Servings: 10-12 (or 4 very hungry people)

This is, hands down, the best Pesach dessert. Ever. This is so sinfully good, you wont want to wait for Pesach!


For torte:
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted Passover margarine
1/3 c plus 2 T granulated sugar
6 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 c cooked and mashed sweet potatoes, fresh or canned
1 t rum extract (optional)
10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled

For garnish:
1-2 T of sifted, unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting


Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 9-inch springform pan with baking baking.

Cream unsalted margarine or butter with the 1/3 cup sugar. Blend in the egg yolks, then the mashed sweet potatoes, then the (optional) rum extract, and finally the cooled chocolate.

In another bowl, with clean beaters, whip the egg whites gently until they are a bit foamy. Increase to a higher speed and slowly add in the two tablespoons of sugar until stiff, glossy peaks are formed.

Fold one third of the egg whites into the sweet potato/chocolate mixture and work them in well to loosen the batter. Then, gently fold in the remaining egg whites, blending well but carefully.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until the cake has risen and appears slightly cracked on top. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then place on a cooling rack. Chill the cake for at least two hours before serving (or freeze for up to one month). Dust with cocoa powder and strawberries and ENJOY!

Author Comments

This is, hands down, the best Pesach dessert. Ever. Its a taste bud-blowing experience that comes straight from Marcy Goldman's "A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking" (1998). Mashed sweet potatoes are a surprising but spot-on substitute for pureed chestnut paste, which isn't available "kosher for Passover". This is so sinfully good, you won't want to wait for Pesach!



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