Saturday, November 15, 2008

How to Roast Chestnuts

Roasting chestnuts is easy and fast. All you need are chestnuts, a knife, and an oven.
  1. Heat your oven to 425 degrees
  2. Take your chestnuts and cut an 'x' on one side of them
  3. Roast them in the oven for 15-20 min
  4. Peel while warm- it becomes harder when the chestnuts have completely cooled
  5. Eat chestnuts as is, or use in a recipe

Dairy-free Chestnut Spice Tuffles

This is a tasty seasonal treat that's celiac friendly. Yields about 18 truffles.

1/2 lb coverture
1 1/2 T agave nectar
2 tsp orange blossom honey
6 shakes nutmeg powder (I was out, so I used allspice instead)
2 shakes clove powder
1 shake ginger powder
1 T cacao nibs
6-7 medium sized chestnuts, roasted and chopped

  1. Temper chocolate
  2. Stir together all ingredients, except chestnuts, until it reaches truffle consistency
  3. Roll out each truffle and dip all sides except one in chopped chestnuts
  4. After truffles have been rolled and dipped, pour a drop of orange blossom honey on each and sprinkle a little bit of nutmeg and/or clove powder on top
  5. Let sit until hardened, do not refrigerate

Tader Joe's Chocolate

Sorry it's been so long since there's been a post, but with school in full gear there just hasn't been much time for chocolate making. There has been lot's of time for chocolate eating though. If you're craving some chocolate and there's a Trade Joe's neaby, I suggest you check out their chocolate covered almonds.

I love the Black Cocoa Almonds, they're dark chocolate dipped almonds rolled in black cocoa. Simple but ridiculously tasty.

My favorite, which I've nicknamed "little ogasms," are the Dark Chocolate Almonds, that are dipped in Belgian chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt and tubinado sugar.

Enjoy, because both are phenomonal and hit the spot when you're in serious need of some chocolate.