Weather change. Recipe: Autumn chestnut soup

Autumn Chestnut Soup

So cold!

The cold change came so unexpectedly on Sunday, there is no trace of summer left. Even the golden sunny days are now replaced with gray winter days.

At the market, autumn produces are making their ways. While I still crave for stone fruits, they are certainly dearer and not as tasty. Instead, apples, pears and persimmons are more abundant. I am enjoying them in a great deal, especially the small and crispy apples. Just perfect balance of sweet and sour notes.

And of course, chestnuts are finally here. By that, I mean fresh chestnuts, the autumn chestnuts, which are sold in the market. It has been a tradition in our family. We always roast our chestnuts. Every autumn and early winter, without fail. This year, however, since the Husband has found his new love in cracking those lovely fresh Victorian walnuts, I have the chance to save up some chestnuts to do something differently. Nothing spectacular, just a simple soup that I have meant to cook for a long time.

The pain of peeling chestnuts

I won´t lie. Australian chestnuts are a pain to peel. Maggie Beer has complained about it. So as @lemonpi and @reemski. It took me quite a while to peel all the chestnuts, which made the soup even more special. (I saw some “easy-to-peel” chestnuts at the market on Saturday. A little too late since I already got 1kg in my bag. Next time, then!).

Two things to remember for this super simple recipe. Use home-made chicken stock. Cream is not necessary, so next time I will drop it entirely. The soup is so sweet, nutty and creamy. It is fairly rich, so serve in small portions as entrée is ideal.

Autumn Chestnut Soup

Simple Autumn Chestnut Soup

Based on “Harvest” by Maggie Beer.

Ingredients
1 leek, white part only, finely diced
2 sticks celery, thinly sliced
500g blanched chestnuts (make a cross on the skin, boil and peel the skin off)
1 bay leaf
2 tbp olive oil
sea salt
1.5 litre chicken stock
pepper
cream (very optional)

Method
Heat the olive oil, add in leek, celery, chestnuts and bay leaf. Stir over medium high heat until everything is soft.

Season with salt.

Add in the stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer until the chetsnuts are soft (30 mins).

Remove the bay leaf. Blend well in a food processor until smooth. Check seasoning. Add the cream.

Reheat gently then serve.

Autumn Chestnuts

Note: this soup is specificaly prepared to contribute to World Autism Awareness Day organised by the lovely Neil of At my table. I’m terribly late, but it’s better than never. You can see other dishes contributed here.

33 Responses to Weather change. Recipe: Autumn chestnut soup

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A delicious looking soup!

  2. Reika-chan says:

    Looking at your pictures cools down my mood a lot. You can't imagine how hot it is at my place, and to prove that my head is even hotter, the silly me cooked a large pot of Korean hot spicy kimchi stew today (@_@) The weather is driving me crazy, indeed (T_T)

  3. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Rich and creamy! I never have this soup before.

  4. Food For Tots says:

    This soup is new to me. It looks so inviting! Must taste great too. Can't wait to try it out soon. ;)

  5. Ana Powell says:

    So distinctive and elegant soup.

  6. La Table De Nana says:

    Beautiful colors..You are so artistic.I love chestnuts..

  7. veron says:

    Ah, so lovely. I love chestnuts and I adore them in soup!

  8. Soma says:

    I cannot even think cold! It is so pretty out here..

  9. kirbie says:

    This looks delicious. I love chestnuts but have never eaten a soup version

  10. Susan says:

    Such a beautiful thing, a beautiful recipe. I don't much care that it's spring here, either.

  11. Faith says:

    I can't wait for next winter when chesnuts are in season and I can make this lovely recipe! A real winner, Anh!

  12. Fig and Cherry says:

    Lovely photos! I adore Autumn produce and made pumpkin soup myself last night. I can't wait to get my hands on some fresh chestnuts, those look amazing!

  13. OohLookBel says:

    That is a gorgeous-looking soup! Easy-to-peel chestnuts? I will have to keep my eyes 'peeled', hahaha!

  14. muffinsareuglycupcakes says:

    mmm. this is something new!

  15. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says:

    I ruined a manicure last year with peeling some for a chestnut puree and candied chestnuts. I was so glad to see them at the market last weekend!

  16. Clare Wassermann says:

    wonderful blog, wonderful photos

  17. linda says:

    oh yum! I love chestnuts eaten as it is after boiled. But i can imagine how good it'll be in a soup

  18. penny aka jeroxie says:

    I just love roasted chestnuts. Good call!

  19. noobcook says:

    I wish for some cold, it's so hot in Singapore. Your soup looks deliciously creamy & hearty :)

  20. Maria says:

    Thank you for sharing! I've been wanting to make something with chestnuts! Looks delicious!

  21. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

    Gorgeous pictures. Totally captured the autumn mood. Love a good chestnut soup :)

  22. Hannah says:

    Oh, I do want this awfully! I snapped up every chestnut dessert I could find when in Paris last month, but somehow I think making a chestnut soup for myself will be an easier task than trying to make a chestnut fondant cake!

  23. my little expat kitchen says:

    It's so wonderfully strange reading that summer is just ending there and the cold days of winter are approaching. Here in Holland spring is in the air! I love chestnut soup.Your version looks great.

  24. Hannah says:

    Oh gosh I -love- chestnuts! They're so sadly overlooked in the states, so you rarely see them used. Now I'm almost sad that we're moving away from the colder months over here, I'd love to make this soup!

  25. Justin says:

    yum. i've never tried chestnut soup before, probably because the idea of cooking with chestnuts makes me a little nervous

  26. Trissa says:

    I have a bag of peeled chestnuts from the asian groceries that I've been saving for a special dish – this is it!

  27. Jo says:

    Hmm I've never thought of a chestnut soup. But it does sound delish and creamy. Very wintery dish as well.

  28. shaz says:

    Oh I so hear you Anh! Everytime I peel chestnuts I end up with bits under my fingernails..so owie! Just bought a 1 kg bag of chestnuts yesterday, they looked so good couldn't resist…been wondering what to do with them. This soup sounds good. And looks good too :)

  29. Gattina says:

    simply beautiful… from the look to the sound of it!

  30. Juliana says:

    Oh! What a nice soup…chestnuts…must taste delicious. Very creative!

  31. Megan says:

    I love chestnuts too! Soups are perfect for the cold autumn days and nights. I also love the color scheme of your whole presentation. It's very autumn-ey

  32. foodwink says:

    Gorgeous pictures – as always. Will try this recipe once I've managed to convince mr foodwink to do the peeling. *evil grin*

  33. carlos says:

    Hello Anh,
    How wish you could taste our portuguese “Longal” sweet chestnuts. They are considered by many the sweetest Chestnut. Easy-to-peel and wanted by the spanish and french for the making of sweeties including the marron glacé.
    Regarding sweet Chestnut soups, your´s seems delicious. We do have several sweet chestnuts recipes for Chestnut soup. Just take a look at the website http://www.filipe.com.
    Have a great and sweet Chestnut autumn.
    Carlos

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