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.
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
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.
More Easy Snacks To Try;
- Bagna Cauda, anchovy, garlic & butter sip
- Cecina Toscana - Tuscan chickpea flatbread
- Artichoke dip - parmesan, lemon, garlic
- Mozzarella in Carrozza - Fried mozzarella sandwiches
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Chestnut Fritters with Pecorino, Ricotta and Truffle Honey
- 1 ½ cups (150g) chestnut flour
- ⅔ + ¼ 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
- Mix together the chestnut flour, salt and water until smooth and slightly thick.
- Heat 3 tablespoon 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.
- Serve the chestnut fritters warm with slices of pecorino cheese, a spoonful of ricotta and a drizzle of truffle honey.
- Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.
- Cals per fritter
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I've never eaten a chestnut... I'm not even sure what they taste like! But I want to try one now 😀
I've never had anything like this, but now I want to! SOunds delicious!
Inside the rustic kitchen
Thanks so much Colleen, they are so easy to make!
My mouth is watering here :)! If I ever find chestnut flour around here, I will be making these 🙂
Honey and ricotta goes so well together and truffle honey sounds incredible. This would make a great festive treat.
Amy | The Cook Report
This sounds fantastic! Love the sound of that honey 🙂
Wow! Never heard of chestnut flour!!! These look fantastic and I love the idea of serving them with honey! Yum!!
Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
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.
I've not used chestnut flour before but these look like something I need to try!
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
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!
Cindy @ The Sweet Nerd
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!
Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite
These sound delicious! I have never had chestnut flour but it looks amazing.
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 🙂