The sweet chestnut  

Look out for a ‘castanyada’ near you, village festival celebrating the sweet chestnut, traditionally held on the 1st November at Toussaint, but a hot treat on any cold day of the year.

Not much beats an autumn walk, a big stick, and a sweet chestnut hunt. Delicious roasted, steamed, pureed, chestnuts are gluten free, low in calories compared to most other nuts, but rich in minerals and vitamins.

The following chestnut recipe is definitely NOT low in calories!!

Chocolate Chestnut Pie

Chocolate chestnut pie



– 200g / 7oz shortcrust pastry
– 225g / 8oz cooked chestnuts (steamed or boiled)
– 3 tbsp cocoa powder
– 1 egg, beaten
– 4 tbsp caster sugar
– milk


♣ Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4, roll out pastry thinly and line a flan tin.
♣ Mash chestnuts until smooth in a large mixing bowl.
♣ Stir in the sugar and cocoa and add enough milk to make a thick cream.
♣ Add beaten egg to the bowl, mix well and pour into pastry case.
♣ Bake for 35 – 40 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Castanyadas Around the Region

  • Saint Cyprien, Place de la République, Thursday 18th October, 8pm POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER – NEW DATE : 25TH OCTOBER
  • Prades, Place de la République, Friday 19th October, 5pm
  • Tresserre, Friday 19th October, 10pm (see also Fête des Sorcières)
  • Saint Génis les Fontaines, Place de la République, Saturday 20th October, 4pm
  • Le Perthus, Salle des Fêtes, Saturday 20th October, 6pm

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