Every Tuesday there is a “Laiki” (“farmers’ market”) which is an open air fruit and vegetable market near my house and I usually buy fruit and vegetables to last for a week.
Last Tuesday I bought some chestnuts, intending to make a chestnut gateau but unfortunately I fell and strained my ankle and now I have to postpone this sweet.Well, the easiest thing to do with them now is to roast them.
Chestnuts are best grilled over an open fire but if you cannot grill them, you can bake them in a preheated to 180 degrees C / 350 F oven until they are tender and easy to peal, about 15-25 minutes.
For those who don’t know how, here’s how you do this:
Make a slot with a sharp knife and place in a baking tin, the slot facing up, to allow steam to escape. This will prevent the chestnut from bursting.
Let the chestnuts cool a while in order to be able to handle them but they are best peeled when hot.
Peel the shells and the pellicle from the nuts before eating.
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,