Storified by Arya McLean· Fri, Apr 12 2013 16:41:57
Crispy golden tart filled with chestnut soufflé and served with vanilla ice cream is a delicious and luxurious dessert dish that will sparkle in a lunch gathering or dinner party. This gourmet cooking recipe consists of three parts: making the tart, the soufflé, and the ice cream. An ice cream machine is best for a smooth and creamy ice cream. Of course, you can always buy vanilla ice cream if you don’t have enough time to make it at home.
To make a crispy tart, use a dull-metal (as opposed to shiny metal), glass, or ceramic baking plate and coat it with vegetable shortening before lining it with the dough. Avoid aluminum pans, which prevent crust from browning and dark pans, which might brown the crust too much. Preheat the oven at least 20 minutes before baking to ensure a nice crust. You can use a food processor to mix the ingredients, pulsing them until you get supple dough; or you can also use a hand blender or a kitchen mixer to get a smooth consistency.
Instead of using regular flour, this recipe uses ground chestnuts, also known as chestnut flour, to make the soufflé tart filling. Ground chestnut has a sweet and nutty flavor and slightly denser than regular flour so expect your soufflé to be not as airy. The color of chestnut flour, which is creamy-brown, also affects the final product. Low in fat and calories, and also gluten-free, chestnut flour is considered a healthier alternative to white flour and almond flour and is a popular ingredient in Tuscany in Italy and Corsica in France, particularly in making Chestnut cake.
To make soufflé that puffs up beautifully when baked in the oven. Beat the egg whites until they are foamy then add the sugar and beat until it reaches a stiff stage. Use a clean stainless steel bowl and an electric mixer to get the best results.