peking dust #1

4 Servings
1 pounds Chestnuts
  Water to cover
¼ cup Sugar
1 pinch Salt (up to)
2 cups Heavy cream
2 tablespoons Powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

1. Score chestnuts by making a crisscross cut on the flat side of each one.

2. Bring water to a boil. Add chestnuts and cook until soft (about 40 minutes). Drain, let cool and shell.

3. Mince or grind chestnut meats; then blend in sugar and salt. Shape the mixture as a mound on a serving platter.

4. Whip cream. Then fold in powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Arrange as a topping over chestnut mound.

5. Serve garnished with either preserved kumquats or maraschino cherries; or with "Glazed Fruit for Peking Dust", which must be prepared in advance (see recipe). VARIATION: In step 4, fold half the sweetened whipped cream into the chestnut mixture. Pack the mixture into an oiled mold or bowl; then carefully invert onto a serving platter. Top with remaining whipped cream, and garnish as in step 5.

From <The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook>, ISBN 0-517-65870-4. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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