Roast your own Nuts

Roast Your Own Nuts

Chestnuts and Raw Nut Mix

Recipes below

Chestnut story

 

CHESTNUTS

Fresh chestnuts: although it’s not quite winter yet (but you will have noticed the chill at night??), fresh chestnuts have started to appear on the market – and what smells better than freshly roasted chestnuts?
Never eaten them or cooked them? Well now’s your chance.
Roasting chestnuts is easy, truly easy. We have larger ones this makes it even easier. They taste wonderfully nutty.
How to Roast Chestnuts! Fantastic Delicious Snack food ‘ by All Things Good

Another way – Firstly, with a serrated knife make a cut across the bold side of the chestnut. Make sure it’s fairly long as this will help the peeling after they’re cooked. The

Easy Chestnut peeling

Peeling Chestnuts

cut also prevents the chestnut from exploding… Then either put on the hot barbie, or under a hot grill or 250g oven for about 15-20 minutes. When cooked, remove and put the chestnuts in a towel for about 5 minutes to let them cool down a little – but make sure to peel them when they are still warm (as cold chestnuts are very difficult to peel).
Enjoy as a snack, or as a side-dish.
In the Harvest Hub ordering they are found under NUTS. The bigger ones are $5.90 for half a kilo. From Northern Victoria in Bright where 90% of chestnuts are grown. The season lasts until June. More….

Recipe

Chestnut, pear and orange Powerballs – Great for Lunchbox

Stir Fried Vegetables with Chestnuts

Chestnut and apple muffins
 
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Recipe type: Sweet
Cuisine: Home cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup chestnuts (peeled and chopped fine)
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1½ cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Topping
  • ⅓ cup chestnuts, finely chopped
  • ½ cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 205C.
  2. Spray muffin tins with oil. In a bowl beat egg, stir in milk, oil, chopped chestnuts, chopped apple. Beat in remaining ingredients.
  3. To make Topping - Mix chopped chestnuts and brown sugar. Set aside.
  4. Fill muffin cups about ¾ full. Sprinkle about ½ tsp of topping on each. Bake 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Immediately remove from pans.

 

RAW NUT MIX

This raw nut mix consists of almonds, cashews, macadamias, walnuts, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts. All nuts are raw (not roasted) and unsalted, so you can either roast them yourself, or use them for cooking, or eat them as they are.

If you’ve never had freshly-roasted nuts before, try it: they are delicious and roasting them couldn’t be easier.

 

HOW TO TOAST OR ROAST NUTS

Roasting or toasting nuts brings out the flavour and makes them more crunchy at the same time.

TOASTING

Heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add a single layer of nuts. No oil needed – the nuts have enough oils on their own to cook. Stir frequently until the nuts are golden brown. Remove from heat, and transfer to a cool shallow dish. Optional: add salt.
Important: when still hot, the nuts will be soft – but as they cool down, they’ll crunch up!

ROASTING

Preheat the oven to 180C. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Flip the nuts after 10 minutes to make sure that they are heating evenly. Transfer to a cool shallow dish. Optional: add salt.
Important: when still hot, the nuts will be soft – but as they cool down, they’ll crunch up!

Recipe idea: Add some crushed nuts to baked pear and honey

 


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