Chestnuts in Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 whole vanilla bean
- 1/2 lb. peeled whole chestnuts, fresh or
Add the chestnuts. (If using vacuum-packed nuts, separate them carefully so they don't break apart.) Bring the syrup to a simmer. Simmer until the chestnuts look translucent but are still firm, about 25 minutes for packaged nuts and a little longer for fresh ones. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator. The chestnuts will keep for several weeks. Makes 1/2 lb.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma TASTE Magazine, "Ode to the Chestnut," by Fran Gage (Holiday 2001).