Holiday Fare of Film & Song! “Chestnuts” from “The Christmas Song” & Chocolate Chestnut Truffle Cake

Chocolate Chestnut Truffle Cake

For me, Christmas would not be complete nor begin without listening to Nat King Cole croon his beloved popular “Christmas Song.” As a young girl I eagerly watched mama’s hand place the needle on the round, black vinyl and knew Mr. Cole’s tender, tenor voice would soon begin singing our favorite holiday tune. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” words that speak “Christmas” year after year.

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Jack Frost nipping at your nose

Yuletide carols being sung by a choir

And folks dressed up like Eskimos…”


Chestnuts: Selecting and Slicing

The engaging, comforting scent of roasting chestnuts is a must for the holidays. Here’s a short tutorial for the perfect roast.

Chestnut season runs from early October through late December. Look for healthy, unwrinkled shells and a glossy brown surface. Dingy or mottled shells may indicate mold, and small pinholes likely indicate that worms have been drilling; avoid them. Fresh chestnuts are firm to the touch and heavy in the hand, with no space between the shell and the meat of the nut inside.

First, using a sharp knife, make an incision about 1/8-inch deep through each chestnut shell, just into the flesh of the nut, and work your way almost around its circumference.



After slitting the shells, transfer the chestnuts to a chestnut roasting pan or a rimmed baking pan, and roast them in a 350-degree oven for about 35 minutes.



While the chestnuts are hot, remove and discard each shell and the papery skin.

Warm chestnuts are delicious by themselves, but you can also use them in decadent holiday desserts and hearty soups

Chocolate Chestnut Truffle Cake

What You’ll Need:

1 greased and lined springform pan

1 cup dark chocolate

1 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup whole chestnuts, cooked and peeled* or you can buy vacuum packed (unsweetened)

1/2 cup ground almonds

1 cup milk, heated

4 eggs, separated

3/4 cup granulated cane sugar


Preheat oven to 350*

Break chocolate into pieces and melt with butter in the microwave on low, stirring frequently.

Pulse cooled chestnuts in a food processor. There should still be some larger pieces in the mix for texture. Add warm milk and pulse again until combined

Add ground almonds and stir through. In a bowl, mix together egg yolks and sugar. Stir in chocolate mix and chestnut mix.

In another bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff and add to the chocolate mix. Mix gently until incorporated. Carefully pop mixture into cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes in the middle of the oven until the cake has set but just slightly wobbly.

You can eat this warm (not hot) or cold. It’s exquisite on its own but if you feel the need to add something, a bit of cream is wonderful.

Photo Tutorial: Martha Stewart


15 Comments Add yours

  1. koolaidmoms says:

    I have never actually even tasted a chestnut. I saw some in the stores yesterday and now I may just have to try them! This sounds delicious.

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    1. Oh it is! Thank you! Chestnuts are smooth, slightly pasty, semi sweet and very buttery. Pairing them with chocolate is wonderful…brings out the best of both worlds 🙂 People always mention the deep flavors when I serve this cake…very festive! Please let me know if you give this a go…would love to hear! Happy Holidays!!


  2. You brought the holidays to me! I feel so warm and festive! Thank you!

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    1. This makes me so happy, Lynn! The holiday Spirit is such a blessing! You made my day ♥

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      1. oh yes! lovely I listened as I read and made me feel all warm!!

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      2. This is just how it was intended, Lynn! You’re a wise one! But I already knew that ♥

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      3. Oh thanks it was so lovely, a beautiful post and presentation!

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  3. Frances 🌺 says:

    Another fabulous and festive post Lana 🎄

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    1. Awww. Frances! Thank you! Bless your heart 🙂

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  4. Ahhhh Lana thanks for the Christmas song… one of my favorites. I simply adore chestnuts but never had them in desserts,looks delicious! 🙂

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    1. Isn’t Nat wonderful!? I have more listen & learn posts for Christmas to come 🙂 Thanks so much!

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      1. Looking forward to them Lana😊

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  5. Anna says:

    This sounds so wonderful, Lana! I’ve never roasted chestnuts — sounds so Christmas-y! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sweet Anna 🙂 Chestnuts are at their prime now–they’re fun to roast ♥

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      1. Anna says:

        Sounds lovely, sweet Lana!


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