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Chestnut Fritters with Ricotta, Pecorino and Truffle Honey

Chestnut fritters made with only three ingredients and served warm with ricotta, slices of pecorino cheese and drizzled with truffle honey. An absolutely delicious Autumn snack, ready in a matter of minutes.

Naturally sweet and insanely delicious, these fritters are made using a simple batter and go perfectly with the creamy ricotta, salty pecorino and truffle honey. If you’re not a fan of truffle you can use any floral honey instead, enjoy these festive fritters with little glasses of red wine.

chestnut fritters topped with ricotta, pecorino cheese and honey on a blue plate

I came across these chestnut fritters six years ago when travelling and volunteering in Tuscany. We were lucky enough to have a welcoming, Italian Nonna that loved nothing more than to feed people as our neighbour. These chestnut fritters with ricotta, pecorino and honey were once served on a chilly morning (yes morning) and truly scoffed with little glasses of red wine and grappa.

Have you ever used chestnut flour? It’s brilliant for all sorts of dishes from gnocchi and pasta to cakes and pancakes. It has a chalky texture and a wonderful sweetness so add less sugar when using it for baking.

There are only 3 ingredients to make these chestnut fritters;

  • chestnut flour
  • water
  • salt

It’s that simple. I’ve tried making these with added baking powder and/or bicarbonate of soda but it gives the fritters a lighter pancake texture which is not how they are supposed to be. Just good old chestnut flour and water makes these delicious, little rustic bites that are great for a special breakfast, snack or treat…I mean I would even have these for dessert, they are the perfect mix of sweet and savoury.

How To Make Chestnut Fritters – Step By Step

Mix together the chestnut flour, salt and water until smooth and slightly thick.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and drop a heaped tablespoon of batter onto the hot pan in batches. Fry the fritters on one side for one minute then flip over, fry for a few seconds until crispy and place on top of kitchen paper to drain.

Serve the chestnut fritters warm with slices of pecorino cheese, a spoonful of ricotta and a drizzle of truffle honey.

Tip: You don’t want too much oil when frying (only around 3 tbsp), you may need to add extra oil in between batches.

step by step photos for making chestnut fritters

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a close up of chestnut fritters topped with pecorino cheese, ricotta and honey

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Chestnut Fritters with Pecorino, Ricotta and Truffle Honey
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Chestnut fritters made with only three ingredients and served warm with ricotta, slices of pecorino cheese and drizzled with truffle honey. An absolutely delicious Autumn snack, ready in a matter of minutes.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 15 fritters
Calories: 71 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) chestnut flour
  • 2/3 + 1/4 cup (220ml) water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • sunflower oil ,for frying
  • pecorino cheese ,for serving
  • ricotta cheese ,for serving
  • truffle honey or floral honey, for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Mix together the chestnut flour, salt and water until smooth and slightly thick.
  2. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan and drop a heaped tablespoon of batter onto the hot pan in batches you may need to add more oil in between batches. Fry the fritters on one side until browned and crispy then flip over, fry for a few seconds and place on top of kitchen paper to drain.

  3. Serve the chestnut fritters warm with slices of pecorino cheese, a spoonful of ricotta and a drizzle of truffle honey.
Recipe Notes
  • Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.
  • Cals per fritter

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah
    November 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve never eaten a chestnut… I’m not even sure what they taste like! But I want to try one now 😀

  • Reply
    colleen kennedy
    November 23, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I’ve never had anything like this, but now I want to! SOunds delicious!

  • Reply
    Julia
    November 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    My mouth is watering here :)! If I ever find chestnut flour around here, I will be making these 🙂

  • Reply
    Dannii
    November 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Honey and ricotta goes so well together and truffle honey sounds incredible. This would make a great festive treat.

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    Amy | The Cook Report
    November 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    This sounds fantastic! Love the sound of that honey 🙂

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    Felesha Bell
    November 22, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Wow! Never heard of chestnut flour!!! These look fantastic and I love the idea of serving them with honey! Yum!!

  • Reply
    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    November 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    A simple dish, but looks and sounds so delicious. The use of chestnut flour gives that lovely difference to the taste and texture; served with the cheese and honey, is just a perfect plate of deliciousness.

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    Jill
    November 22, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I’ve not used chestnut flour before but these look like something I need to try!

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    November 22, 2017 at 2:27 am

    I am so intrigued by chestnut flour. I have never seen that but look forward to trying it out. I love all your step by step photos!

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    Cindy @ The Sweet Nerd
    November 21, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    This makes me miss Tuscany! I love the use of chestnut flour – I’ve used it occasionally but I have to try these fritters. Thanks!

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    Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite
    November 21, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    These sound delicious! I have never had chestnut flour but it looks amazing.

  • Reply
    Dana
    November 21, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    This sounds so good! I’ve never had anything with chestnuts, believe it or not, but I’ve always wondered what they’re like. I’m up for anything that serves with cheese 🙂

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