Do you notice how most recipes call for toasted nuts to finish the recipe...? I mean, don’t they already taste good on their own? But then again, why wouldn’t you want them to taste better? They can be way better. Here’s why you should always remember to toast your nuts, friends!
Toasted nuts are always a wonderful touch to finish up your dishes. Pine nuts, cashews, almonds, you name it. You don’t see Chefs tossing on raw nuts on their dishes and serving them to guest judges on TV. But why do would they do something extra like toasting nuts?
What really happens is that by toasting your nuts, you are intensifying their flavor. That helps them to stand-out in or on baked goods. Another interesting fact is that it is also used as a method to remove the skins of some nuts like hazelnuts, which can be bitter. Toasting nuts also draws its natural oils to the surface, intensifying the rich nutty essence, creating a deeper color, and it makes the nuts crunchier too, more mouthfeel to your liking.
So, go ahead and spread your nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Have them toasted evenly in an oven at 200°C for about 10 minutes. You can tell when the nuts are done when their color has deepened, and you can smell their nutty aroma. The last thing to take away from this is that, toasting your nuts prior to adding them to a recipe can improve the flavor and texture of your recipe. Now that you know it only takes a few minutes to make all your nutty creations even better, what’s stopping you? Get toasting!
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