If you are looking for a gastronomic gift or something to bring to the table with coffee, chestnuts in alcohol are the recipe for you.
The arrival of autumn is accompanied by that of chestnuts, perhaps the fruit that most of all is able to comfort in the coldest evenings . Too bad the chestnut season doesn’t last long. Then we just have to find some tricks to preserve the flavor as long as possible, as in the case of chestnuts in alcohol.
Excellent to be enjoyed at the end of a dinner together with coffee , but also perfect to give during the Christmas holidays (perhaps combined with other homemade gastronomic gifts), marrons in alcohol are a real delight. Alcoholic, yes, but also skilfully flavored with orange and lemon. Ready to cook?
How to prepare the recipe for chestnuts in alcohol
- First, remove the peel of the orange and lemon (choose organic and untreated fruits) with the help of a potato peeler. Be careful not to remove the bitter-tasting white part as well.
- Combine the peels, liqueur and alcohol in a container and leave to rest for a couple of hours.
- Transfer everything to the heat and add the sugar , stirring until it has dissolved then turn off and set aside.
- Then pour water into a large pot, add the bay leaves and a pinch of coarse salt .
- Add the chestnuts and bring to a boil, calculating 10 minutes from the appearance of the bubbles.
- Turn off and let them cool in water before peeling them.
- Distribute the chestnuts in sterilized jars and cover with the syrup prepared previously (remove the peels with tweezers).
- Close with a new cap and place in the pantry for at least 15 days before consuming them . Given the presence of alcohol and sugar, chestnuts in alcohol do not need further sterilization. However, if you prefer, you can boil them for 10 minutes with the cap covered by 2 fingers of water and then let them always cool in the pot before storing them in the pantry.
Also try chestnuts with rum , excellent both as a coffee maker and with ice cream.
Chestnuts in alcohol can be stored in the pantry for up to a year . Once opened, on the other hand, it is better to consume them within about a month, keeping them in the refrigerator and making sure that they are always covered by the liquid.