Chestnuts In Cognac

Are you looking for the perfect gift idea for the holidays? Look no further than the gift of culinary experiences with Bruno Albouze. Imagine marrons confit in syrup from Italy (Agrimontana) bathed in rich XO cognac and infused with the exotic aroma of vanilla. This indulgent treat is perfect for serving after a meal or as a decadent topping for creamy vanilla ice cream. With just a few key ingredients, including chestnuts, cognac, and vanilla, you can recreate this sumptuous treat at home and indulge in a sophisticated delicacy that is both comforting and elegant.

Chestnuts In Cognac

Course: confectionnery
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Bache Gabrielsen, cognac, marrons glacé
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 60kcal
Cost: $40
A sumptuous treat
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  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Whisk
  • 2 Fancy glass containers or jars
  • 1 Sieve
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Funel


  • 350 g XO Cognac Bache Gabrielsen
  • 2000 g Confit chestnuts with syrup (marrons au sirop) Agrimontana
  • 300 g Syrup from the confit chestnuts
  • 150 g Water
  • 5 g Vanilla bean


Confit Chestnuts

  • Purchase the largest and best quality marrons in syrup. Drain the confit chestnuts before using them. You can also consider using marrons glacés as a substitute. That being said, for the best results, using confit chestnuts straight out of the can is highly recommended. Marrons glacés have already been worked twice; the long process of being confit and glazing.
    draining chestnuts from can
  • Save syrup for the cognac syrup and other future pastries. It can be frozen for months.

Cognac Syrup

  • Cut vanilla bean lengthwise, and scrap out the seeds.
    splitting vanilla pod
  • Put the saved chestnuts syrup in the saucepan along with the water, vanilla seeds and pod. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat and stir in the cognac; cool off. Taste the syrup and add more cognac if desired.
    adding cognac to chestnut syrup
  • Carefully arrange chestnuts in a jar along with vanilla pod. Cover chestnuts with the room temperature cognac syrup to the top.
    filling jar with marrons au sirop


  • Properly stored, chestnuts in cognac can be kept for up to 5 years.
    filling jar with chestnuts in cognac


  • When it comes to elevating a simple dish into a sophisticated and delectable dessert, the combination of chestnuts in cognac with vanilla ice cream, lemon, orange, or cassis sorbet is truly a match made in culinary heaven. This tantalizing treat seamlessly blends rich, earthy flavors with creamy sweetness and bright, citrusy notes for a truly unforgettable experience. Chestnuts, with their nutty and slightly sweet flavor profile, are beautifully enhanced by the warm, complex notes of cognac. 


Serving: 30g | Calories: 60kcal

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