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Monte bianco

Australian Gourmet Traveller Italian dessert recipe for monte bianco

By Gourmet Food Team
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Monte bianco
This dish is named after Mont Blanc in Europe for its snow-capped-mountain appearance.


  • 500 gm cooked and peeled chestnuts (see note)
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 75 gm (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 ml thickened cream, whisked to soft peaks, refrigerated until required
  • To serve: finely grated dark chocolate (65% cocoa solids)


  • 1
    Combine chestnuts with milk, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan and cook over low heat until chestnuts are soft (20-30 minutes). Cool, then process in a food processor until puréed, pass through a potato ricer into 4 serving dishes, forming mountain-like piles. Top each with cream and grated chocolate and serve immediately.


Cooked and peeled chestnuts are available in vacuum-sealed packs from select delicatessens.

  • Author: Gourmet Food Team