How To Make The Perfect Roast Chestnuts This Christmas

10/12/2014 09:23 GMT | Updated 10/12/2014 09:59 GMT

Roasting chestnuts doesn't have to mean an open fire or Jack Frost nipping at your nose, especially not if you follow this easy step-by-step guide.

After trying Starbucks' new chestnut praline latte this autumn, we are obsessed with all things chestnuts and roasting them could not be easier.

All you need to cook up the perfect snack this Christmas is some fresh chestnuts, a chestnut roasting pan and a chestnut knife.

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Start by cutting a small X shape into the top of each chestnut shell and then place them all in your roasting pan.

Turn the heat on your hob to medium high (or use an open fire if you're feeling especially festive!) and heat the pan until the shells crack open.

After that the only thing left to do is enjoy your roasted chestnuts straight from their shells - but make sure you don't get greedy and burn your fingers...

Three chestnut treats you need to get your hands on this Christmas

Candied chestnuts

Candied chestnuts, or marrons glacés, are a must-have addition to your Christmas cake.

Available at Waitrose.

Chestnut liqueur

If roasting chestnuts feels like too much time spent away from your leftover turkey and the Strictly Christmas special, then why not drink them instead?

Available on Drink Supermarket.

Chestnut paste

This chestnut spread probably isn't ideal on your gran's turkey but try enjoying it on crêpes for the perfect post-roast snack.

Available on Ocado.

Christmas Cookies