Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Cut a shallow cross into the flat side of each chestnut shell
Place prepared chestnuts onto a baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the shells split open
Once cooked, remove chestnuts from the heat and wrap in a clean tea towel for 5 to 10 minutes. While chestnuts are still warm, quickly peel off the outer brown shell and remove the papery thin skin underneath
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes until tender. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes until softening. Stir in chestnuts and stock, cover and bring to the boil
Reduce heat and gently simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until chestnuts are soft. Remove from heat
Using a hand blender, blend soup until smooth. Simmer over low heat until hot. Season to taste. Ladle into serving bowls. Drizzle with cream or top with a dollop of yoghurt and serve. Top with pan-fried sliced chestnuts for a crunchy garnish, if desired
Tips & Hints:
This soup thickens on standing, if necessary, add extra stock.
Enjoy the nutty flavour and aroma of chestnuts when you cook them at home! Their wonderful flavour and hearty texture is wonderful by itself or in a variety of sweet and savoury dishes. Learn how to prepare them at home.
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