Chestnut butter is one of the most unique, homemade food gifts you can give for the holidays. With only three ingredients, it’s easier than you might think!It’s not too late to make homemade food gifts for this holiday season!
Once upon a time, when I thought of a nut butter, peanut butter was pretty much the only thing that popped into my mind. Then slowly, over the years new nut butters were making appearances in the stores, and in my life. 😉
Almond butter is everywhere now, and cashew butter has almost caught up. Then there’s sunflower seed butter — though not a nut at all. (It gets a mention because it sits on the same shelf as the others.) And I’m sure there are more.
I love making nut butters you wouldn’t typically find in stores. They’re not only easy and fun to whip up, but they also make for fantastic homemade food gifts. Don’t you love receiving something you can’t buy anywhere?
Last year I made a most delicious pistachio butter for one of my homemade food gifts, and it was a big hit. And I’m hoping this super tasty chestnut butter will be also. It already is in my house.
Chestnuts are unlike most other nuts because they’re quite soft. Their flavor is subtly sweet with earthy notes, and when made into “butter,” it spreads very smoothly. In fact, since I made this the other day, I’ve been spreading it on sourdough toast every morning, with a drizzle of honey. It’s SO good!
Learning how to make chestnut butter couldn’t be easier:
Roast and peel chestnuts (up to two days ahead of time). Here’s how to do it.
Blend the chestnuts for 30 seconds in a food processor.
Then for 60 more seconds, until they’re a fine powder.
Blend again until the mixture is a paste-like consistency.
I call it chestnut butter. Some call it chestnut paste, and others call is chestnut spread. Call it what you will, it’s delicious with any title. And it’s not to be confused with chestnut cream. The cream is for desserts and has a lot of sugar added to it. (It’s delectable, it’s just not this.)
What to do with chestnut butter:
- Make cake frosting with it.
- Use it in a cookie recipes.
- Spread it on toast.
- Mix it into a savory sauce.
- And of course, use it for homemade food gifts.
I’ve always loved working with chestnuts. A few years ago, my Gluten-Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe was featured in The Journal of the American Chestnut Foundation. Pretty fancy, I know! 😉
This recipe published in the magazine uses chestnut flour, but in a couple of days, I’ll be sharing a new chocolate chestnut dessert recipe made with the chestnut butter. So stay tuned.
And remember, you can make this one of the most lovely homemade food gifts your friends and/or family will receive. Just add a jar and ribbon.
Or enjoy the chestnut butter yourself.
Homemade Food Gift: Chestnut Butter is so unique and SO delicious!
*Please note that the prep time does not include roasting and peeling chestnuts, which takes about 45 minutes. Here’s how.
**The honey is optional, but I think it adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
- 1 pound roasted and peeled chestnuts
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon honey if desired
Add the roasted and peeled chestnuts to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.
Blend until the chestnuts are a fine powder, about 2 minutes.
Add the water and honey and blend until the chestnuts are a paste-like consistency, about 30 seconds. It will likely all gather to one place in the food processor.