Rich, creamy, and irresistibly sweet, this chestnut puree recipe is a nearly exact copy of a certain famous French chestnut spread which shall remain nameless. The easy preparation takes less than 25 minutes and the luxurious reward of silky, sugary chestnuts far outweighs a few minutes spent in the kitchen. Spooned into jars and given as gifts for the holiday season, swirled into tarts, or folded into mousse, this sweetened chestnut puree is absolutely delicious.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 1 3/4 cups
- 40 unpeeled chestnuts
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Bring a large pan of water to a boil. Carefully cut a small X shape into the side of each chestnut. Boil the chestnuts for 20 minutes.
While the chestnuts are cooking, melt the sugar in 2 tablespoons of water. The sugar syrup is done when the water boils and the sugar has completely dissolved.
Drain the chestnuts and allow them to cool until you can comfortable handle them. Peel them by pulling back on the cut triangles of each X on the sides. Discard the skins and puree the cooked chestnuts.
Add the chestnut puree to the sugar syrup and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
This sweetened chestnut puree recipe makes approximately 1 3/4 to 2 cups of chestnut spread, depending on the size of the chestnuts.