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Here is another entry from Farmhouse Fare, and one that I am quite keen to try out. This might be even better with mixed nuts, hazelnuts and even peanuts?
2lbs of sweet chestnuts
1.5lbs of loaf sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
half a pint of water to make syrup
1. Cut a cross in the chestnuts then boil chestnuts until ready. This should take between 20 minutes and half an hour
2. Peel and skin them then crush them through a wire sieve.
3. Make a syrup with the water, sugar and the vanilla essence.
4. When it is ready, put in the crushed chestnuts and cook gently until faily stiff. Put in hot glass jars and cover. ru
If you want to cheat just use syrup from Tate & Lyle with added vanilla essence. Also have a look at this interesting article about foraging for sweet chestnuts.