Chestnuts remind me of joyful times rather than the dishes with it as it is generally roasted during family or friend meetings. Chestnuts are like the messengers of Winter here. In Winter it’s hard to find an outdoor activity, but there is a very amusing indoor activity that can be done with the whole family. We start to look forward the cold evenings as we know that we will roast chestnuts and have great time together. Unlike other nuts, chestnuts take the role of entertaining people in Winter. Almost everyone has happy memories of chestnut in their childhood.
Mom used to roast chestnuts on a wood stove in Winter when we visited grandma and the crunching sound and the tempting smell of roasting chestnuts spread in the room. Those times are definitely unforgettable! There was no specialty in its serving, they were served even with their skin. Everyone would gather around the wood stove, mom would take the chestnuts in a large bowl when they were done. We would peel and eat them one by one while the other half of the chestnuts were roasting on the stove. I’m not sure if it’s these chestnuts or my grandma’s exciting stories that make me feel this nostalgia in every Winter. She didn’t have a TV and we wouldn’t need it indeed as she would always have interesting stories to tell us. When I think of those stories, I realize that they were as amusing as Tim Burton’s movies.
As we don’t have wood stoves in cities, we roast chestnuts in oven or boil them. I love to use chestnuts in various dishes and here is a four layered chestnut cup. Although it was my first try, the result was satisfying enough for our sweet tooth.
- 500g chestnuts
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- ½ tbsp cinnamon
- ½ cup whipped cream
- 1 tbsp grated coconut
- Pomegranate and yellow cherry to decorate
Mix sugar and water in a pot and put it on fire. After it boils for some time until it gets consistent, throw the chestnuts into this syrup and boil it for some more time. Then take it from fire and let it cool.
Take the chestnuts into a bowl and mash them. Add some of the syrup while mashing. You decide how much to add, it depends on how much you want it to be sweet. And get a smooth and sweet chestnut puree.
Divide this puree into three.
Mix the first one with coconut and whipped cream. And put it evenly into cups. Separate some (not much, just to cover the top of the third layer) for the top layer.
Mix the second with cinnamon and divide it into the cups.
Mix the third with pistachio and put it as the third layer.
Finally put the rest of the first mixture on their tops.
Decorate it with a drop of whipped cream in the middle and pomegranate seeds around it. I placed a yellow cherry from my ‘yellow cherry jam‘ on the peak.
Note: If you want it to be even fresher, you can do the mixing with some fresh fruits.