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Rustic Roast Chestnut Bread

Yeasted, 25% wholemeal with fresh, roasted chestnuts

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The recipe came about while on holiday with friends in Andalucía in October where we found sweet chestnuts raining down on us at our little rustic self-catering cottage in the hills – too good not to have a go with a loaf or two.


750g strong white flour

250g wholemeal stoneground flour

3 tsp table salt

2 double handfuls of roasted, peeled chestnuts, chopped roughly

35g fresh yeast

1½ tsp sugar or runny honey

600ml warm water


Dissolve sugar or honey in about a third of the warm water, mix in yeast and leave in a warm place to froth-up.

Add salt to flour and mix in yeast mixture.

Knead for 10-15 mins

Leave to rise for approx. half an hour

Combine chestnuts into flour and shape dough into two loaves

Bake at 240 degrees C  for approx. 40 mins


My holiday companions Trish and Lynne for dealing with exploding chestnuts in a very dodgy gas oven and Hermione for supplying the beautiful Andalucían chestnut trees, flour and yeast.



Added by: Joanne Wills

Tags: Wholemeal Bread Chestnut

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Hi again Jo Picture uploaded as you can see, can I just check something with you, should step one of the method include dissolving the yeast with the sugar or honey? Voucher on its way :-)

Samantha Livy - Tortepane 18 February 2013

Hi Jo, thanks for adding in the yeast instructions. Can't wait to have a go.

Samantha Livy - Tortepane 20 February 2013

Hi Jo, sounds delicious! Have you got a picture you can email us to go with it?

Samantha Livy - Tortepane 18 February 2013

RE: photo for chestnut bread
Hello Tortepane, The bread was delicious - can't beat chestnuts straight off the tree! I sent the photo just after uploading the recipe first thing this morning - should be with you. Please let me know either way as I am waiting to place my order with you. Many thanks indeed.

Joanne Wills - Jo Bloggs 18 February 2013

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