Chestnuts in Cognac & vanilla syrup

Chestnuts in Cognac & vanilla syrup

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  • Easy
  • Makes 2kg/4lb 8oz

Steep nuts in brandy and cinnamon liqueur and store them in jars to serve with desserts like ice cream or fruit salad

Nutrition: per 2 tbsp
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal88
fat1g
saturates0g
carbs19g
sugars13g
fibre1g
protein0g
low insalt0g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Put the zests, sugar, vanilla pod, cinnamon sticks and 400ml water in a large pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 mins. Leave to cool, then add the Cognac.

  • STEP 2

    Pack the chestnuts into sterilised jars (see tip, below), then pour over the syrup to cover. Seal and label. Keep in a cool, dry place for at least 1 week before eating. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

RECIPE TIPS
STERILISING YOUR JARS

Wash in hot soapy water, rinse, then drain and set upright in a roasting tin in one layer. Put in the oven at 180C/ 160C fan/gas 4 for 10 mins. If your jars have a rubber seal, remove before putting the jars in the oven. To sterilise the seals, simply boil in water.

PREPARING CHESTNUTS

Cut a slit in the side of each chestnut with the tip of a sharp knife. Throw a few at a time into a pan of boiling water. Boil for 7 mins, then scoop out onto a tea towel. When cool enough to handle, peel off the outside shell and fibrous inside membrane. The hotter the chestnuts, the easier they are to peel, so rubber gloves are helpful. If they're still hard to peel, microwave for 1 min, then peel. To cook through, return to the water and simmer for a further 30 mins.

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