Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 6 servings Marrons Glacés
- 2 1/4 pounds (1 k) marroni
- 18 ounces (500 g) sugar -- this is a little more than 2 cups
- 1 quart (liter) of water
- A vanilla bean (optional)
Take another pot and dissolve the sugar in the water over low heat. Add the vanilla bean if you are using it, and simmer the syrup, stirring it gently with a wooden spoon, until the syrup thickens somewhat (you want it to remain fairly fluid). Pour the syrup over the chestnuts and simmer them over a very low flame for a half hour, then turn off the flame and let them sit for ten minutes more.
Remove the chestnuts one at a time and arrange them on a serving plate and serve them with unsweetened whipped cream (if you like it). You can also sprinkle them with brandy, or serve them in cups, with a little of their syrup spooned over them.