Mont Blanc is an amazing fall dessert that is loved by so many people in Japan. It is made from chestnuts and is a beautiful dessert that will make you so happy.
Between Mont Blanc or cheesecake, I actually can’t pick which is my dessert. There used to be a Mont Blanc cafe near Tokyo station that I would go to every Fall. Mont Blanc is a such a great dessert to have and if you have never tried it before, I strongly recommend you try this recipe. You will fall in love!
What is Mont Blanc
The Mont Blanc that we often see today in Japan is a cone or dome-shaped cake made with thin lines of brown chestnut cream. The inside is usually a crispy meringue with whipped cream on top, and then a thin line of chestnut cream as the final layer. The finishing touch is usually powdered sugar or a chestnut.
Where is Mont Blanc Originally From
It is said that Mont Blanc is originally from both France and Italy. It means ‘white mountain’ in French, and its origin comes from a mountain that rises on the border between France and Italy. It is covered in snow all year round, and it truly is a white mountain. Overlooking this white mountain is Piedmont, Italy, a region famous for producing chestnuts, where The Mont Blanc was created .
A yellow colored Mont Blanc that you can find in old-fashioned pastry shops in Japan is a type of Mont Blanc that originated in Japan, and it was invented by Chef Sakoda, the founder of MONT-BLANC. Chef Sakoda was impressed by the white mountain when he visited Europe, and devised the yellow Mont Blanc to model its appearance.
It is told that the standard brown Mont Blanc nowadays, which is made by squeezing chestnut cream into thin lines, was invented by Angelina, a long-established patisserie in Paris. This style of Mont Blanc became popular in Japan after the first Angelina store in Japan was opened in Printemps Ginza in 1984.
Q&A Where Can I Get Roasted Shelled Chestnuts?
I can find a bag of roasted shelled chestnuts at my local grocery store in NYC but it might be difficult to find at your local grocery stores. If so, try to go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. I think they have roasted shelled chestnuts. Or buy on Amazon.
Ingredients for Mont Blanc
- egg white
- powdered sugar
- heavy whipping cream
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- 100 g chestnut
- 100 ml milk
- 30 g sugar
- 1 egg white
- 10 g sugar
- 5 g powdered sugar
- 50 ml heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 chestnut
- 1 ½ teaspoon honey
- Preheat oven to 230 ℉ (110℃).
- Mix the egg whites at a very high speed (I recommend using an electric hand mixer).When the whites are forming stiff peaks, add the sugar a bit at a time and whisk well (I added the sugar in three parts and you can whisk slower than you did at the beginning). When the whites are glossy and solid enough that they don't change shape when dropped from the whisk then they are ready.
- Add sifted powdered sugar into the bowl. Use a spatula to mix thoroughly.
- Prepare a baking pan, and put parchment paper on top.
- Put the mixture into a piping bag with a large tip. Squeeze it onto the parchment paper in circles with a 2 inch (about 51 mm) diameter .
- Put the baking pan into the preheated oven. Bake for 90 minutes at 230 ℉ (110℃).
- After 90 minutes, take the baking pan out of the oven. Take the meringue and move to a plate. Let them cool down in your fridge until you use.
- In a small bowl, add chestnuts and honey. Just soak until you start decorating.
- Cut chestnuts into small pieces.
- In a pot, add the chestnuts, milk, and sugar. Turn the heat to medium low until boiling.
- After you see the mixture boiling, turn the heat to low and cook for 6-7 minutes.
- After 6-7 minutes, turn the heat off and move it to your blender.
- Blend it until everything is well mixed.*1
- Put the chestnut cream into the fridge. Cool it down until the whipping cream is done.
- Use a large bowl and add heavy whipping cream and sugar. Whisk until you get the form.
Let's make Mont Blanc!
- Take the Meringue and Chestnut cream out of the fridge.
- Put some syrup from the Topping bowl on top of the meringue. Next, put the whipping cream on top. Pipe the chestnut cream around the whipping cream.Place the topping Chestnut on top of the cake.
- This is super delicious cake!