Scrumptious roasted chestnuts

My aunt living in Germany always roasts chestnuts around Christmas time at her house. I never really knew what to do with these rock hard babies – until she showed me. 

Roast chestnuts make you want to snuggle up in the couch with a blanket in front of a fire, preferably with someone special and perhaps a good glass of red wine.

Preparation time: 5 minutes + 30 minutes in the oven


1 kg chestnuts


  1. Cut an X shape, about 1 x 1 cm long, at the tip of each nut – which helps the skin peel off in the oven making it easier to eat the nuts. If you don’t do this – the nuts might start ‘exploding’ in the oven as the heat can’t get out of them – so don’t skip this first step
  2. Place the chestnuts on a baking tin covered with a 2 mm thick salt layer and place them in the oven for 30 minutes in 200C
  3. Let them cool for 10-15 minutes and then serve with sea salt and olive oil or chop them up and place on top of your favourite salad 

Stephanie is the founder of Helpings and the creator of all content on the platform. Watch her TEDx talk, 'Holy Shit', about digestion on YouTube, organized at King's Collage London in 2016. Stephanie is currently building her second business, a chocolate brand called kAAKAO, and she shares her experience by means of inspiring other entrepreneurs to excel in business and in life.

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