I have been looking for chestnut recipes lately and I have seen a few that call for chestnut puree. Since I have a bunch of fresh chestnuts I thought: Why don’t I make my own chestnut puree? When making the chestnut puree I used boiled chestnuts as they are softer than roasted chestnuts. Chestnut puree comes both sweetened and unsweetened varieties. If you wasted to make a sweetened puree you could just add sugar or some other sweetener such as maple syrup or honey, etc.
How to Make Chestnut Puree
- 12 chestnuts (boiled and peeled)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- Place every thing in a small sauce pan. (The liquid should just cover the chestnuts.)
- Simmer the chestnuts until soft, about 10-20 minutes. (Watch them as milk can quickly boil over the side of a pan.)
- Scoop the chestnuts out of the liquid, reserving the liquid.
- Puree the chestnuts using as much of the reserved liquid as required.
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Hi Kevin. I was trawling the net looking for chestnut puree (I’m obsessed with the stuff and my stash has run out) and lo and behold I found yours. Small world. I’ll let you know how it turns out 🙂
Angels n Dragonflies says
I gathered a 5 kg bag of chestnuts in the forest recently….this was really helpful! Thanks! Yes, many recipes ask for puree!
So happy you posted this one!!! I've called several specialty food stores locally and none of them carries chestnut puree and at least 2 stores have never heard of it….
So I guess I'm going to make some, my own!
Thanks for this post and please, keep up with your wonderful blog! I regularly visit it!
Big fan of your blog! Since you like to experiment with food and are accustomed to a home-style kitchen you should check out this place in my neighbourhood called the Depanneur. It's on College street just east of Dufferin. You should do a meal one night for their community dinners!
I've been trying to find chestnut cream (puree) since I got back from france 2 years ago. Most people I ask in the stores just give me a blank look (only 1 guy knew what I was talking about, and that's cause he's french). I guess I'm making my own now then, because mixing it in with Greek Yogourt is AMAZING 🙂
Dolly Ludwick says
You can make chestnut balls and dip them in chocolate. Believe me it is heavenly. Chocolate and Chestnuts were meant to be together.
Maria William says
Chestnuts have a wonderful flavour, and very much associated with Christmas. This paste is a lovely idea for a homemade gift. So easy to make.