Hazelnuts are something that I have grown to truly appreciate. While they used to be the round, slightly bitter little nut with a thin paper skin that I would try to avoid in the mixed nuts bowl, they have now become a delicious snack and ingredient that I try to use whenever possible. For many years, my knowledge of the hazelnut was a coffee creamer flavor or a sweet smelling housewarming candle. No longer.
I have since married a French man who adores the noisette and have visited Europe on several occasions to find that the hazelnut or filbert is a much loved ingredient that is used in all sorts of ways from cooking to baking. (more…)