I love chestnuts but dislike the peeling part! Yum. I had a Thanksgiving meal (my hosts were being kind to a wayward American) where we had it in soup, stuffing, salad, and dessert. After doing this many times, we developed a new term in my house for this condition: chestnut thumb. Roll scant tablespoon of dough into 2.5" fingers. So thought this would be a great recipe to try. I learnt it from somebody who learnt it from a chestnut seller, it´s a way they cut it in Portugal´s Beira Alta, around a place called Fundão – they know chestnuts there, it used to be main food source for winter, before potatos and maize were introduced. My host mother admitted to eating it out of the can with a spoon. Never really thought about it actually. Each drink will be served in the 2020 Christmas cups, featuring festive colors and designs to get coffee drinkers in the holiday spirit. I remember they would sell warm chestnuts in brown paper bags on the streets of Hong Kong. I love this type of cookie, so maybe I’ll just grab some chestnuts next time I see them. I’m surprised at a few of the things you posted, about difficulty of finding ingredients. SIGH. I took one of my favorite cookies — a buttery, nutty, delicate puff called, depending on who you are speaking to, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Russian Tea Cakes, Polvorones or OMG I Love These Cookies And Never Know What They Are Called!. In the meantime, saute peeled chestnuts in butter, then add some white wine and a hit of brandy. @Allison: Where do you buy your chestnuts? I’ve never baked with chestnuts, but you can bet I will very soon! All the best, Paula, Richmond, CA. At Trader Joe’s (and I think William Sonoma and some specialty grocery stores) you can get already roasted and peeled chestnuts (just used them yesterday in pumpkin soup:) )…can we cheat and use those instead? I too am obsessed with chesntuts right now, and have been brainstorming savory recipes for them. Set aside. However, I AM German and grew up roasting these babies up and peeling them with my Da. However, my “pecan snowballs” didn’t stay in balls – they spread out a bit. there was…an incident! Use as a filling for homemade rolls. Larry – thanks for the wonderful hint about using the Dremel. A mouth-watering yet healthy spread that you can easily prepare at home, Chestnut Spread is one dish that you must try at home for a sumptuous breakfast. Chestnuts from the Ardeche region of France are praised for their great quality and taste. I grew up in California and didn’t go to NYC until I was 30 and was so disappointed that you could get all sorts of things on the streets of NYC but NOT warm chestnuts! Unfortunately they flopped the only time I had the chance to make chestnut flour for them (which I got free from a friend on a chestnut barrow).They had an amazing flavour but not enough air that time. I’ve been looking online for recipes and these are great ideas. Can’t wait to try this recipe. I have even taken a peek on Youtube to see how you prep them and there are a lot of video’s on how to do it. Whisk remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and a few pinches of cinnamon in a small bowl. Deb, in the post you mentioned chestnut paste and after seeing what the can looked like I have gobs of those cans in my pantry. Now go and buy. Thanks again for another lovely recipe! Worth the risk, though. I always buy them at the Asian markets where they are dirt cheap compared to all the other American stores. Spread on toast, pancakes, crepes and sweet bread. OMG! But the ones I had usually have pecans or walnuts which have a really different texture than the weird bean/chickpea texture (which I find completely creeepy) of roasted chestnuts. Why are chestnuts so rare here in the USA? It is everything that is amazing (think chocolate pavlova with sweet chestnut puree and mascarpone). Soon as it’s done, we’ll be sticking it up on YouTube and our own website. The toughest to skin that I have come accross are chinese chestnuts which are huge but unortunately not worth the effort like others. They taste the same, but I have a hard time believing there are no preservatives involved, and so I’ve always been curious how they manage to peel and preserve them and then sell them so cheap. Yum. Chesnut spread makes a great topping for crêpes and waffles and a nice addition to yogurts and other desserts. Thanks! Can’t wait until we have nuts. They are equally delicious, especially for quick snacks. Do you like French Mont-Blanc cake with meringue? Combine all ingredients. Steps to Make It. Help!! Roasted Chestnut Cookies just has Christmas written all over it. I am a real lover of roasted chestnuts. These cookies are buttery and nutty in flavor, then covered in powdered sugar to resemble snowballs! It doesn’t take up much room but makes the job easier. So, so good! Caveat: if you do them this way, don’t inhale as you take a bite or you may end up coughing from the inhaled powdered sugar. See more ideas about chestnut recipes, recipes, food. I very nearly wept or begged to be able to crack open the items and redistribute them into 100ml containers so as to prove that they contained nothing but edible unexplosive goodness. Do not skip sifting the chestnut flour, as it tends to clump up in the packaging. About a half-hour later, I was able to shell most of them; we’ve had them in the fridge for a couple months, so I think they were old enough that the nut itself had shrunk away from the shell. Adapted generously from Epicurious. Mettez le chocolat et le beurre dans le Pichet MicroCook 1 l, couvrez et faites fondre au micro-ondes pendant 1 mn à 600 watts.. 2. Maggi — Are they vacuum packed? I love roasted chestnuts (though I am chary enough with them that I’m not convinced on the cookies — they do look good, though). Thanks for sharing. There’s a whole description on our website, which is linked to below the video. The coffee chain announced its menu of holiday beverages and treats, which should be available at most locations on Friday. thanks again If (a) you don’t have a food processor and (b) the chestnuts are clunk-clunk hard when you begin (steaming/boiling doesn’t seem to help much either), you will end up with delicious cookies full of really hard bits. I don’t have the weight but in the recipe, I call for “1 cup of chopped chestnuts” from your roasted and peeled ones, so hopefully that should work. Lately I’ve been reading your blog. Will they work in this recipe? Chestnut spread, also known as chestnut jam, goes by various names in French: confiture de marrons, confiture de chataîgnes, and crème de marrons. What a cool recipe! Make. Thought about your chestnut hankering as I did my grocery shopping today and looked for something I could send you, but sheesh, everything with chestnuts in it is really heavy! Thanksgiving this year we got great ones, most came out whole – and I forgot to score before I boiled them! I agree, best thing ever! You should ask someone for these as a Christmas present! Grind them until they are very well chopped, then add the softened butter, and pulse again until combined. What on Earth happened to our chestnuts? These chestnut cookies will spread a good amount, so be sure to leave ample space between them on the cookie sheet. I’ve heard you can water bath can them 30 minutes, but I feel safer pressure canning because the temperature in the pressure canner gets higher than boiling. Look for the freshest chestnuts possible. They look like they have a wonderful texture. I just ground these in a food processor and they worked perfectly. Enjoy! You are officially my hero. Swirl into yogurts, ricotta, breakfast bowls or oatmeal. delicious none the less. The smell of the roasting chestnuts on street corners is now how I know it is winter. The step after “Gently toss warm cookies in cinnamon sugar to coat completely” will undoubtedly be “pop into your mouth, pretend you’re in Paris and it’s lightly snowing, and sink into an abyss of utter happiness.” Yes, I think I like that step :). So this is the recipe for me. That makes me miss Austria so much! Not nearly as hard as I had imagined. I roasted them -not as good as the chestnuts in their skins but not too bad either. This is so serendipitous. Just got them out of the oven and half are already gone, and the dog is sitting there begging for some himself… :) Another great recipe! The best ones were cooked till almost burnt (not suggesting that for an indoor kitchen!) Watch the youtube video. I have plentiful of chestnuts at hand, now I know how to put them into good use, thanks for sharing :-). I am sure family and friends will be over excited about them. Completely in love with this post! Chestnuts can be roasted in advance, kept at room temperature for a day or so. Yes, they are delicious, peeled, and mostly whole. Hundreds of them. Returning to Canada meant never seeing them again! I either used ones that weren’t good after roasting, or they got hard a little later because some of the cookies are crunchier than expected! Recipe Tips for Chestnut Cookies. All can be made in 45 minutes or less. Noticed chestnut flour at Whole Foods yesterday and (despite being intrigued) had no CLUE what it might be good for… Now I have a reason to go pick some up! *smug* From France. They made you throw out the chestnut paste? I loved eating roasted chestnuts in Japan and buy them when they have them outside of Marukai Market in Los Angeles. As a massive fan of chestnuts, I’m outraged! Divide dough and wrap each half in plastic, chilling for one hour or until firm. Encouraged by that I once made a chocolate chestnut cake–quite disappointing. Full recipe and photos: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/yul-lan The Korean cookies are light, sweet, and delicious. Or you should live in Japan — they put chestnuts in everything that’s a sweet it seems like — hellacious if you can’t stand the pasty taste. And I love that you tried to smuggle in the paste! :-) If people do want to get back to me about my non-cookie questions, I’d be greatly pleased if they could make their comments on my blog; just click on my name. I had a roasted chestnuts kitchen disaster a few years ago (my husband still teases about the burnt chestnuts smell that permeated our apartment for weeks), and I’ve been wary ever since. Just FYI: They sell chestnut paste at Le Moulin Cafe on york & 78th St. These look delicious and I’m eager to hear if anyone ends up having any success with pre-peeled chestnuts. I can’t wait to combine them and try this recipe! My main changes to the classic formula, aside from the chestnuts, were to add some spice, salt, give instruction to make a smoother, easy-peasy dough in the food processor and to warn about the baking time. I might suggest, you start now – does that sound a little bossy? But, I wanted to create something new and combined the seasonal chestnuts and dark chocolate to make a delicious spread. Halve on a cutting board, parboil 2 minutes; cool slightly, and pop them out. Despite that that actually sounds pretty dangerous, it also makes us feel all cozy and warm and at-home. After I realized that there were no gun shots happening in my neighborhood, I took them out. This is why I shouldn’t bake when I haven’t gotten enough sleep. On one of my visits to Paris I tasted chestnut bread I couldn’t get out of my mind. (I love chestnuts too and love these kind of cookies!). A tip: chestnuts peel best when piping hot from the oven. Or I could wait until the next time I go up to Québec or Montréal… Not Clément Faugier brand but just as good. A half-cup of the powdered sugar goes into the dough (see paragraph 3) and the remaining is used to roll the cookies in (see paragraphs 5 and 6). I appreciate the smiles your writing always brings to my face, and the food your recipes bring to my belly. Now that I’m older and have some arthritis in my hands, I was having lots of trouble peeling the nuts last year. Chestnuts are indeed an ancient staple, everywhere they grow; chestnut flatbread is actually older than wheat; older than anything else except chickpea bread, according to the old Galloping Gourmet. Anyway, your recipe looks delightful! Secondly, hot chestnuts from the NYC vendors due double duty; keep your hands warm and satisfy your taste buds! Add the vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, flour and chestnuts and beat until well blended.]. I just made these…dang they are great! @Katherine I made the mistake of adding chopped chestnuts before steaming or boiling them in some water to soften them up. Can’t wait to try them! Will try your cookie recipe. Also – that chestnut and bacon stuffing recipe is going into my Recipes to Try folder! I remember some website (the name is escaping me!) I used this Chestnut Spread as the bottom layer in pumpkin (actually butternut squash) pies for Thanksgiving. Working with one half of the chilled dough at at time, roll it into 2 teaspoon-sized balls (I use my 1 tablespoon measure, but didn’t fill it) in the palm of your hand. (See Note up top about baking times.) It was a small curved blade that looked something like the knives used for cutting linoleum. Are they soft inside? Enter to Win $10,000 to Makeover Your Home! That store is being rebuilt, right now, so in a few months’ time I should be able to get them again easily. Be sure to download our complete guide here! They are also my favorite gelato flavor which I can’t find here, either. Place in freezer or refrigerator until firm, about 15 minutes. She would also make palacsinta filled with chestnut whipped cream (ground chestnuts+whipped cream=HEAVEN). Nice with coffee or tea though. https://www.pardonyourfrench.com/chestnut-cream-cake-gateau-ardechois I have made about 4 batches of these in the last week – they are so good! It took years for me to understand that it was chestnuts since I knew them only as “marrons.” Obsession is just about right, although I have never attempted chestnuts in the US… this might be my year as I passed some in the grocery store just this morning. Deb, don’t know if you’ll even see this but you don’t mention in the roasted chestnut cookies recipe if the butter should be salted or unsalted, or if in this specific recipe it doesn’t matter. I ran out of vanilla so I just added a lot of whiskey, like way too much whiskey. I am on my way to attempting recipe 2 of many that I will make from Pierre Herme. It is time to give chestnuts a try again. Teresa, 199 – where did you learn the trick about cutting just the tip??!! One batch is made with ground pecans and almond extract. Chestnut Cake Recipe. I love roasted chestnuts. On low heat, cook for 1-2 minutes, until the puree thickens and holds to your spoon (it thickens fast!). Chestnut Cookies With Pomegranate Glaze The Washington Post ground allspice, confectioners' sugar, spelt flour, vanilla bean paste and 7 more Gluten Free Chestnut Cookies … These look exactly like Christmas cookies (referred to in a very old cookbook as “mexican wedding cakes”) that my mother makes every year! oh my goodness, these look absolutely delightful! I love chestnuts. This post made me quite nostalgic! This keeps them much moister and will keep them whole much easier if you want them whole for marron glacés. CRAB AND WATER CHESTNUT SPREAD : 2 cans crab meat, drained and chopped or minced 1/2 c. water chestnuts, minced 2 tbsp. I love the chestnut idea, however, much more classy. Now I just need to convince my family to let me try roasting chestnuts again. The chestnuts were a disaster! I’m not sure why chestnut creme hasn’t made its way to the US, since chestnut trees grow so abundantly here. I remember giving my mother a box of Fauchon Marron Glace 30 years ago and the smile on her face….. Deb, I have been a regular reader of your blog for quite some time, and I thoroughly enjoy your posts (and recipes). And of course, butter, no insignicant amount. To touch them up before serving, you can sift some of the leftover cinnamon-sugar mixture over them. :(. Some were clearly rotten (a worm, white mildew, etc.) And now I can only find the paste in a lovely boutique in Sydney for about four times the cost. Merci beaucoup! And I cannot believe how amazing my whole house smelled while roasting the chestnuts! I’ve never had a whole chestnut (crazy, right? Fantastic cookies! i *love* chestnuts! Use it in a cookie recipes. These look delicious! A steam engine train takes you there, you are greeted by the local band and it is totally charming. I am flying over to NYC in a week. There is one in the Marais district. Bake for 12-14 minutes until set and the edges are lightly golden. I love your recipes and all the detail and photographs that you share. Sadhvi: I was aware of the circular cut method, but thought it was mostly found in Turkey and adjacent areas. Such a delicious treat! ~It’s worth it to have the (one-trick) chestnut knife. Every year I make a wonderful chestnut lentil soup that’s *almost* worth the hassle of the peeling. I adore the Romance of the Chestnut—all that glace’ing and roasting and the paper cones spilling out those toasty morsels as you stroll past vendor after vendor on a snowy street. Chestnuts, I crave them. I do think it could work (although it’s better if it’s not too smooth) but you’d need to swap by weight and I didn’t note it. I think they’re one of the most delicious things on earth and thus, it would be only logical that I would make them and share with you how you could do so at home. In Texas, we call ’em Mexican wedding cookies like you said, but for some reason we dye ’em green. I’m an expert smuggler… The beagle’s got nothing on me… at least not yet! Have you ever had roasted japanese sweet potatoes? I thought they were great for putting in my pockets to keep my fingers warm on a fridgid winter stroll though! Separate the eggs and whip the whites. I can’t wait to make these this weekend. OMG yes! looks delicious. I grew up with chestnut, cooked and eaten under any form and in almost any season. Nancy- incidentally; I’ve got a couple of chestnut trees that ALWAYS have a very high percentage of “doubles” as we call them; 40% or so. “They taste exactly like roasted chestnuts!” my husband proclaimed, or phew, as that’s mostly what they’re made of. Did we do something wrong? Grab some oven mits that are relatively wieldy and you’ll find the task much easier. Puree until very smooth. If you can’t find them, ask management where they are. I’ve roasted them and made chestnut puree, which I have put into buttercream icing and then used to frost chocolate cake. Philip Rutter (Founding President, The American Chestnut Foundation; acf.org). I love that you added them to spice cookies. These cookies might be a good reason to give it another shot, though! I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with them and these cookies sound delicious! :-S I sort of didn’t remember and managed to smuggle a paper bag full of roasted chestnuts (from China) from Hong Kong, to a connector flight in Detroit, and finally to Toronto! Oh these cookies are quite unique and very Christmassy. I used a 6 oz package of shelled, cooked chestnuts. When I was roasting the chestnuts, after only 10 minutes or so, they started exploding in my oven. Here, get our best grilling recipes for everything from fish and meat to pizza and oysters. Yum! Many of the nuts produced in the U.S. are actually from non-native Chinese chestnut trees. I can only find some at Whole Foods. i just tried it and it is delicioussss. So wrong. However I’ve noticed lately that it seems to be on all the shelves in Brooklyn specialty food shops these days– it seems to be the thing this year. They chopped up fine in my processor. I mean, marble in a glass hard. So I’m wondering if these cookies have a soft glommy texture inside or a crisp texture? It’s not the real Crème de marrons de l’Ardèche deal, but I’d be happy to share the recipe and/or a jar. (Please explain as I open up your latest recipe, how 126 people have already commented?) My husband’s family lives there, and when we visit around this time, my first stop is for marron glaces. Every year I have made these cookies in some form and some years 3-4 times, and usually always pecan peices are used. I nearly lopped off a finger trying to create a cut in the shell. 1 pound chestnuts Amazingly I have two American chestnut trees in my yard. Hi Amy — Actually, there are a lot of reasons cookies can spread. Freeze them for about an hour before roasting them and the inner skin comes off really easily. I love chestnuts but admit I didn’t get into them before moving here from the states. I agree, fresh-roasted chestnuts are the most delicious thing on earth! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. And what about the powdered sugar ? I also found French Chestnut paste at Cost Plus. I hate working with powdered sugar but it always looks so pretty. I’m going to try glacéing them just because now I can! There is no flour and no sugar in this recipe. I love the use of them in this cookie recipe. Russian teacakes have always been my favorite Christmas cookie. Well, these sounds delicious, and since Mexican wedding cakes are my favorite, I will have to make these at once :-). 1/8 teaspoon salt I breeze right by the chestnuts in the store because I’m intimidated by them. This is making me want to hunt some down, somehow…. Thought you might like to know they exist. This recipe looks delicious and I’ll have to try it since I share your delight for Chestnuts. I wasn’t sure if they were done or not, the shell didn’t really start peeling back yet, but I was nervous to put them back in the oven. Whenever I roast chestnuts I find it impossible to wait until they are fully cooled before attempting to peel them. www.heymodestmarce.com/modest-marce/huxjtw2ftdqdol1v9zlyopgm23wqtz I did attempt to make marrons glaces at home once. But, here is the best thing for the ice-cream fanatics amongst us: chestnut ice-cream. When chicken is done, set aside and cover. But there’s always mail-order and teh intarwebs. I can’t wait to make these cookies for Christmas! Chestnut spread can be spread on just about anything ranging from toast to graham crackers to ginger snaps. Are chestnuts supposed to be chewy-ish? Those pre-peeled vacuum packed chestnuts as mentioned by Joanna, are available at Trader Joes right now, for anyone that wants to try using them. These chestnut snowball cookies are no exception. Thanks for the great inspiration and love your writing style. If you only have salted, just nix the additional salt in the cookies. My dad was fond of chestnuts – he was Italian and must have had them as a child (he was born here). And I just feel the need to apologize to the universe because this looks to be a lovely recipe and I’m already changing it before even trying it. And Polvorones. And then one exploded in the oven and made a total mess. In case you are curious about why the heck there aren’t many chestnuts ’round these parts (i.e. But these look ever better. Puree the best you can with that and add the 1/4 C brandy to further puree the chestnuts. Martha Stewart is part of the Meredith Home Group. Magda. These are so Christmas! Chestnuts remind me of Europe in winter. They are prepared in every way imaginable. Puree with stick blender. Indeed the chunks were hard and in my opinion ruined the quick bread. I’d just been starting to get that Christmas cookie itch, too. Just made these last night and they were divine. Let me know if you want me to send you one! Does anyone else think the same thing? I too love coming home with foodie souvenirs. See more ideas about chestnut recipes, recipes, food. Thanks for the recipe! If only, if only I had the skill to make cookies actually come out right. Makes a great addition to a cheeseboard. I love Mexican Wedding cookies. 1. My mom makes these cookies during xmas but has always used walnuts. That went well. Here in France, you can find roasted chestnuts in jars, liquid free (sometimes you’ll see one drop feeling so lonely at the bottom of the jar). According to my friend they are very common in large chain asian grocery stores! You can get roasted chestnuts everywhere. 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