Made from ground dried chestnuts, chestnut flour has a dense, silky texture and earthy flavor with decidedly sweet, nutty notes. Depending on how the nuts are dried before grinding, the flour may also have a hint of smokiness too. Great for making pastries, cookies, and cakes, chestnut flour can also be used in savory applications such as pastas, gnocchi, and breads, where this gluten-free flour adds flavor, density, and heartiness. The United States imports most of its chestnut flour from Italy, as this once-prolific tree has been all but wiped out domestically by blight. Store chestnut flour in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months.
Chestnut flour gives these dumplings a texture that's denser than Potato and Ricotta Gnocchi, yet comforting. Cooked peas and chard are a nice addition to the creamy sauce. Because it's…