Friday 19 December 2014

Chestnut Pudding with Agar Agar

While I was driving home the other day, "The Christmas Song" was played over the car radio ...

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, 
Jack Frost nipping on your nose, 
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, 
And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

Well, I like roasted chestnuts. I've heard this song many times too ... since in my younger days. But never have I got the urge to roast chestnuts.  I immediately made a turn to the nearby supermarket, hope to find some raw chestnut. But .. lol ... couldn't find any... instead I bought a few packets of these ready-to-eat roasted chestnuts home.

I remembered a pudding recipe uses chestnut.  I like to have some bits & crunchy taste of chestnut instead of paste, grind and added them into the dessert.

Chestnut Pudding with Agar Agar
Recipe source : Cookpad
Slight modifications made in blue
150 grams Chestnut Paste (finely grind ready-to-eat chestnut)
400 ml Milk
50 grams Raw cane sugar (I reduced to 25g, used demerara sugar)
2 teaspoon Agar Agar powder
1 teaspoon Almond essence
1 splash Rum (omitted)
Maple syrup - to serve

1) Mix the sugar and agar agar powder together well and leave to one side. (Adjust the amount of sugar depending on the sweetness of the chestnut paste that you are using.)

2) Add the milk to a pan along with the mixture from Step 1, mix well and put on the heat. Be careful that the mixture doesn't boil over and stir on a low heat. Allow the mixture to boil a little.

3) Off the flame and mix in the chestnut paste thoroughly.

4) Add in the almond essence and rum.

5) Pour the mixture evenly into containers and once cooled, chill and set in the refrigerator.

Serve with maple syrup if you like. These chestnut puddings are easy to prepare. Wonderful to serve as after meal dessert ... during Christmas. Enjoy ^-^!

Add 1 teaspoon of maple syrup


So I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you !


I'm submitting this post to Cook and Celebrate (Christmas 2014), organized by Yen from Eat your heart out, Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.


  1. Much that I love chestnuts, I have never used it to make sweet desserts. These agar agar sounds good for a start.

  2. Karen, so nice! I prefer those old style roasted chestnuts. They are so aromatic and so yummy eaten warm. I've tried the packaged ones but got no kick hee.hee..

    1. Phong Hong, oh yes I still remember those roadside hawker roasting/frying raw chestnuts in a big wok ... think with coffee beans... very nice aroma. Packed in brown paper bags. Those were the days !

  3. Karen, I love chestnuts, the pudding looks yummy! Am looking forward to CNY, can visit Chinatown at night and get my favourite roasted chestnuts there and soak in the festive atmosphere!

  4. This looks delicious! I love chestnuts and I know I'd really enjoy this festive pudding.

  5. Hi Karen, chestnut pudding sounds delicious, so creative of you! Happy Holidays!

  6. Hi karen, yummy your pudding ya! Merry X'mas to you :)

  7. Hi Karen, you have some of the best ideas! Chestnut + pudding. Yum!

  8. Hi Karen,

    Slurp slurp... Yum Yum! :D


  9. Wow! This is so creative and looks so yummy!

  10. Hi Karen,
    I have not heard of this song, but I am very suaku, hehe. Regarding chestnuts, I like chestnuts a lot. Recently the supermart was selling chestnuts, I bought some back and tried microwaving or baking in oven, but they all turned out rotten inside :(
    Your chestnut pudding looks delicious, I will certainly give it a try if I can get hold of some ready-to-eat chestnuts.


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