This honey vanilla chestnut spread is delicious on toast and great on fruit.
I didn’t eat a roasted chestnut until I was 20. It took living in another country and walking past a food cart that sold them everyday for 2 months before I finally caved. I have no idea how or why I resisted their intoxicating winter smell that permeated the entire block for so long because one bite into the first one and I was a chestnut fan for life. They were sold in a cone made of newspaper so by the time you finished the last one your hands were completely black from the ink. I think that’s about the only time in my life I haven’t minded having “newspaper hands” (major annoyance usually).
I don’t know what I expected them to taste like but I do remember being completely shocked upon the first bite and my initial thought being that they kind of tasted like a potato! Not like a nut at all. Tricky little suckers.
But since “nut” is in their name, I wanted to see if I could butterize these babies like the rest of them.
Yeah, so I didn’t have so much luck with that. Apparently chestnuts don’t really get creamy. Maybe it’s a different oil content than other nuts? Maybe I was just too impatient (although 15 minutes is about all I can take of hearing a food processor whirl around)? Maybe I just don’t even care. Because the result was still edible, still spreadable and still delicious in a roasted “potatoe-y” sweet kind of way. That’s probably not a great description because who really wants to spread potatoes on their toast, but just trust me on this. It’s a good kind of “potatoe-y”. In less than 12 hours I’ve already eaten it on toast, spread on a pear, in a smoothie and stuffed in a date. So it’s got some potential. Also, there were 2 full meals consumed in that time frame in addition to those things. I guess I eat a lot.
The smell and ambience of roasting them in your oven doesn’t quite compare to the smoky food cart on a Christmas lit corner in Malaga, Spain, but the taste is just as good. Maybe even better since there’s no black newspaper hands to deal with afterwards.