Sliced and served 🙌 🌰 chestnut sponge cake with a generous layer of chestnut filling.
I did not like Chinese chestnut sponge cake growing up but now it’s one of my favourite dessert flavours. For centuries chestnuts were one of the most important and popular nuts in Chinese culture. Why? The word, 栗子, is a homonym for a phrase meaning ‘favourable sons’. They were symbols of good omen, planted near temples and offered as tribute gifts to emperors and nobility. Grandmothers would sew strings of chestnuts to their granddaughters’ bridal gowns as fertility luck and to wish for easy childbirth. Chestnuts were such an early part of Chinese food culture, but before they were made into desserts, they were eaten as snacks, cooked in savoury dishes, ground into flour and used as medicine.