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Chestnut soup with home-made bread

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Il Giro D'Italia's chef Domenico De Marco shares a winter recipe made of seasonal products and explains how to easily prepare home-made bread.

The choice of seasonal products is often preferred by chefs and restaurants, and chestnuts are among the protagonists of the colder months. Especially in Victoria, where over 75% of the Australian chestnut production is found.

The chestnut soup with homemade bread "in a pan" as presented by Il Giro d’Italia's chef Domenico De Marco could be one of the dishes to be prepared in the coming months.

Domenico De Marco nel suo Giro d'Italia a Carlton, ora trasferito a St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Domenico De Marco nel suo Giro d'Italia a Carlton, ora trasferito a St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.
SBS Italian - Dario Castaldo
Chestnut soup with home-made bread

Ingredients (for 4 people)

For the soup

  • 500 gr of chestnuts
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 leek
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 white onion
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic

For the "pot-made" bread

  • 350 gr of lukewarm water (26/27°)
  • 2 grams of dry yeast or 4 grams of beer yeast
  • Flour 00
  • 7 gr of cooking salt
  • Pot of 26 cm in diameter


For the bread

  • Melt the yeast in the warm water, then add the flour and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • When everything is well mixed, add the salt and mix again.
  • Line the pan with baking paper and add the dough. Leave to rise for 3 hours.
  • Bake at 190 degrees for 20 minutes. Lower the temperature to 150 ° and cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, allow to cool and remove the loaf of bread.

For the soup

  • Wash the chestnuts and make an X incision in the lower part. Boil for 20 minutes.
  • Prepare the vegetable broth with celery, leek, carrot and onion.
  • In the meantime, peel the chestnuts and put 4/5 of them aside. Add the rest to about 400 gr of broth.
  • Cook until boiling and then blend.
  • Cut two slices of the homemade bread into cubes. Pan-fry with extra virgin olive oil and an unpeeled garlic clove.
  • Put the croutons in a broth dish and pour the soup. Garnish with the chestnuts set aside and a drizzle of oil.

For advice on how to present the soup or which wine to combine, listen to the interview (only available in Italian)

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