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Honey-Sweetened Chestnut Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds whole chestnuts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  • Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil.
  • While it heats, cut a small x into each of the chestnuts.
  • Once the water boils, carefully lower the chestnuts into the water and cook at a low boil for approximately 25 minutes.
  • When time is up, drain chestnuts and rinse with cool water.
  • Peel away the hard outer shell and the inner papery layer. You should have approximately 2 1/2 to 3 cups of peeled chestnuts.
  • Place peeled chestnuts in a blender or food processer with the honey, vanilla seeds, and salt.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and pulse to combine.
  • Continue processing/blending, scraping down the sides regularly, and adding water until you've achieved a smooth, not too thick consistency.
  • Scrape into small jars and refrigerate.