Chestnuts remind me of winter in Italy. When it’s cold (and it does get quite cold in Milan), you can buy hot roasted chestnuts from street carts to warm you up. The smell of roasted chestnuts always makes me think of Christmas and cozy winter evenings. I soooo love them! When they are in season, I often buy them. You can really make so many dishes with them. I have already shared with you a Beef Fillet Roast stuffed with puréed Chestnuts, a Chestnut Ice cream and a Mont Blanc in the past. Today I want to show you how to make a sweet chestnut and vanilla purée that makes for a delicious spread or can be used as a base for many other desserts. I used to buy this in tins, but the home-made thing is so much better (health-wise and taste-wise)! And it really takes just a few minutes to make. Come back tomorrow for a yummy suggestion on how to use this Chestnut and Vanilla Cream! Enjoy!
Chestnut and Vanilla Cream – Creme de Marrons Vanillee
A quick recipe to make your own Chestnut and Vanilla Cream: delicious on its own or to be used as a base for other sweet treats!
- 400 gms – 14 oz. chestnuts boiled
- 200 gms – 7 oz. brown sugar
- 200 ml – 7 oz. water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Put the fire off and, as soon as you can handle them without getting burnt, start peeling the chestnuts one by one (do this while still hot or they will be hard to peel). Leave the remaining chestnuts in their cooking liquid while peeling them. You need to remove both the outer and the inner skins. Keep them aside.
Enjoy as a spread or as a base for other delicious desserts.
Come back tomorrow for a delicious sweet treat made with it!