Whole French chestnuts in Australia

Few ingredients are as evocative as chestnuts. Their rich, warming flavour, intoxicating aroma and dazzling versatility have made them symbols of the colder months in the Northern hemisphere, where a bowl of chestnuts is rarely far from a glass of brandy and a crackling fireplace.

In Australia, it’s easy to make these fleshy nuts- low in sodium and fat and completely …