Oftentimes, they were roasted in the fireplace, or in the traditional bonfires of Guy Fawkes night on November 5th.
The more convenient way however is to roast them in the oven.
When Roasting chestnuts, always start with fresh, blemish-free chestnuts.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chestnuts must be prepared by slicing before cooking.
Beware, unsliced chestnuts can explode causing not only a safety hazard but a big mess to boot!
Using the tip of a sharp knife, carefully, cut a slit across the rounded side of your chestnut.
After slicing, arrange your chestnuts in a single layer on a shallow pan, such as a cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees, for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, until the outer shell and the inner brown skin peels away from the nut easily.
Serve roasted chestnuts while still warm for best taste.