chocolate hazelnut apple cookie tart

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. nuts-74362

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…)