Thursday, December 16, 2010

Where are my marrons glacés?

That truly was the question of the day in the movie Camille. Like Greta Garbo, if you are struggling to find marrons glacés, you may be surprised to know that you may be able to taste these delights in another form, as they may be used as an ingredient.

Panettone is a Christmas bread-cake available in food stores catering to the Italian market. Its origins are in Milan, Italy and it is normally filled with dried fruit and raisins.

I have been able to find a few brands of panettone that are made with marrons glacés instead.

The sweet loaf emits a delightful vanilla aroma. It has a slightly firm exterior that holds a soft and fluffy interior.

As you can see, there are actual pieces of the glazed chestnuts inside.

Another form in which you can find the illusive treat is in crème de marrons. Crème de marrons is a French product that is made from broken pieces of marrons glacés, sugar syrup and vanilla.

I love to enjoy the chestnut cream with fresh farmers cheese, called queso fresco in Spanish. The cheese has a mild, milky taste with a slippery and wet texture. They pair perfectly together!

For some alternative ways to savour this delight, follow the French and enjoy it with:
- crepes
- cakes
- pancakes
- ice cream
- tarts
- pies
- etc.

It's either that or go to France!

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