Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How To Toast Nuts In The Oven And Why You Should

I don't know about you, but I love a good shortcut.  I try and find the fastest way to get home.  I never put a topcoat on my nail polish.  And with a recipe, I always look at it and see if there aren't a few steps I can skip.  Who has the time to milk your own coconut for coconut cream pie?  Seriously?  Canned coconut milk tastes just fine.

There are some things, though, where a shortcut isn't the answer.  I would imagine performing surgery is one of those times.  Also, when a recipe tells you to toast the nuts.  Don't skip that.  Obviously not as serious as taking shortcuts during surgery, but still, and important step.  I skipped toasting nuts for eons.  And it was the something missing from  bunch of my desserts.

Why toast the nuts?  

Because toasting activates the oils in the nuts and makes them nice and crispy.  This decreases the bitter flavor and provides a nice crunch that untoasted nuts just don't have.

How To:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Spread nuts out onto an ungreased rimmed cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  When you can start smelling the fragrance in the kitchen, the nuts are done.  Toast them too long and they will burn.  And that is sad and expensive.

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