Fire-Roasted Chestnuts with Whipped Cream

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Share This Recipe

Ingredients

1 pound chestnuts (see Cook's note)

1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled

2 tablespoons confectioners¿ sugar 

1 vanilla bean, split and seeded 

Directions

Special equipment:
a fireplace or wood-fired oven, optional
  1. Heat a fire to medium-high heat or heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Rinse the chestnuts under cold water and pat them dry. Use a paring knife to score an x in the bottom of each chestnut. Scoring the chestnuts allows the steam to escape so they don't explode with the heat of the fire or oven.
  3. Place the chestnuts on a sheet tray (if roasting in the oven) or in a roasting pan (if roasting on a fire). Roast the chestnuts for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking them gently every once in a while to keep them from browning too much in any one spot. Set aside and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add the cream to a large bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until it looks thick, like melted ice cream. Sprinkle in the sugar and add the vanilla bean seeds and continue to whip until soft peaks appear. Place in a serving bowl and serve alongside the chestnuts. 

Cook’s Note

Use chestnuts that are smooth, blemish-free roughly the same size so they cook evenly.

Fudge Factor

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine's Day Desserts Feb 6, 2013

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Get our take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the best Valentine's Day recipes.

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.

Train Frontman Pat Monahan's Dark Chocolate Obsession Feb 11, 2013

By: Cameron Curtis

Train frontman Pat Monahan, an avid chocolate lover, shared with us his top five reasons for eating dark chocolate.

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.