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This easy recipe from Stefano Manfredi can be used on toast, on pancakes, as a topping for cakes or as an accompaniment to fresh or poached fruit. Yum!

Ingredients:

600g fresh chestnuts

1 tbs honey

250g fresh ricotta

1 tsp vanilla essence

150ml pure cream

1 tbs caster sugar

Method:

1. ?Score chestnuts by cutting a small x on the flat side with the tip of a sharp knife and place in boiling water till tender.


2. Cut each chestnut in half and scoop out the flesh with a teaspoon. Place flesh in a food processor with honey and vanilla and a couple of tablespoons cold water. Pulse to a smooth paste.


3. Place chestnut paste into a bowl and mix with ricotta. In a separate bowl, whip cream with caster sugar to soft peaks. Fold into chestnut ricotta and it’s ready to use.


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