Hungarian Chestnut Puree

Sweet chestnut puree
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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6 desserts (6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
734 Calories
17g Fat
104g Carbs
66g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 desserts (6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 734
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 576mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 104g 38%
Dietary Fiber 43g 153%
Protein 66g
Calcium 144mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Hungarian recipe for chestnut purée or gesztenyepüré is known as Mont Blanc in France and is a popular dessert in Hungary when sweetened and served with whipped cream. It originated in Italy around 1475 and was originally yellow in color because the chestnuts were pickled. Today the sweetened chestnut purée is sometimes amped up with chocolate or cocoa powder and rum. While somewhat of an acquired taste, chestnuts are wildly popular across the board in much of Europe and Japan. You can make your own chestnut purée for this recipe, or use canned gesztenyepüré.


  • 31.75 ounces sweetened chestnut purée
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Optional: cocoa powder (to taste)
  • Garnish: long-stemmed maraschino cherries

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together chestnut puree, confectioners' sugar and rum. Place mixture into a ricer and portion out into serving dishes, swirling if possible.

  2. Top with sweetened whipped cream, cocoa powder, and cherries, if using. Refrigerate any leftovers.