Homemade spreads are easy to make and can be bottled in pretty jars as gifts. This original chestnut and dulce de leche spread will be much appreciated. Dulce De Leche is a favourite Latin American treat. I combined this amazing treat with chestnuts and I am very proud to have created this delicious spread. Whenever I make a new recipe, I always google search to see if others have thought of this idea as well. I was surprised but happy to see that no one had thought about it before. The road is now open to make it with almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts etc.
You can use it as a spread on bread for breakfast or use it as filling in cakes, to decorate cupcakes or in other desserts.
Chestnut & Dulce de Leche Spread
Preparation time: 1/2 an hour to boil the chestnuts and 1 hour to peel them Cooking time: about 30 minutes Makes: 3 jars (400 grams each) Ingredients:
- 1 kilo chestnuts
- 1 can condensed sweetened milk or dulce de leche
- 1 1/2 cans water (measured in the milk can)
- Prepare dulce de leche or used store bought (to make it yourselves, see instructions here).
- Score the chestnuts. Put them in a pot, cover them with water and boil them for 30 minutes (see instructions here). Drain them and when you can handle them, peel them. To speed up process you can wash them with tap water.
- Put them in a pot and empty the dulce de leche as well as water.
- Put it on the heat and mix to dilute the dulce de leche.
- Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook until the water evaporates, about half an hour. During the boiling process you should stir it once in a while but towards the end it needs constant stirring as the mixture will burn.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes for the temperature to drop. Mash it the same way you would mash your potatoes. (I used a hand mixer).
- Allow to cool and store in sterilized jars.
You can find many Greek recipes in my cookbook “More Than A Greek Salad”, and “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!” both available on all Amazon stores.
Other relevant recipes:
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,