Every year I go a little crazy picking chestnuts, shelling them and freezing them for eating throughout the year.
This year I have decided to go sweet treats with them so I have made a sweet chestnut puree.
The chestnut Puree can be added to a variety of bakes and treats.
You Will Need:
- 750g Chestnuts (peeled)
- 600ml Water
- 350g Granulated Sugar
- 1tsp Vanilla Extract
- Put all the ingredients together in a roomy saucepan (I used my medium pan).
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 25mins.
- The chestnuts will be nice and soft and a bit pulpy.
- Liquidise or mash until smooth, adding more water if necessary (a little at a time) until you have reached the consistency you require.
- Each time I make this the amount of water needed changes very slightly. Chestnuts do vary for batch to batch and year to year.
- Allow to cool, store in the fridge in an airtight container for 1-2weeks.
- It may keep longer in sterilized jars, but to be honest I have always used within a couple of weeks.
Peeling chestnuts: I have found the best way to peel chestnuts is to blanch them for a couple of minutes, cut them in half, while they are still hot and the shell pops off.
I do these in batches of 4-6 chestnuts at a time because as the shells cool they harden and don’t come off so easily.
I then pop them straight into a freezer bag and freeze until I need them.
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This must be so tasty!
I’m a big fan of chestnuts, so this is very appealing to me. The problem is it’s hard to find decent fresh chestnuts here, so I usually opt to packed ones, which obviously not as good.,,
Finding good chestnuts can be tricky. I picked these in September/October time, peeled them and froze them until I am ready to use them. But I am lucky to have a good chestnut tree nearby. This puree is oh so yummy!
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It is indeed. Glad you’ve found such fresh ones! 🙂
Rose, I can’t think why I’ve never had chestnuts. Every time I read about them, I think “I must try those” but never do! When I next come across them, I’ll pick some up and come back to this post.
They are well worth it!