This is our chosen recipe from Baking with Julia for our Tuesday with Dorie group. The contributing baker is the one and only Alice Medrich, chocolate baker extraordinaire.
Today´s recipe can be found in our lovely hosts´ blogs Jodi from Homemade and Wholesome and Katrina from Baking and Boys.
What can I say? Hazelnuts, frangelico and chocolate. These twice baked logs are my kind of crunchy thing to have with a good coffee. I was amazed at how many in the group didn´t like hazelnuts. But, given that it´s such a pain to take those skins off, you really have to like them to go through all the trouble. I do and use them to make the most fantastic chocolate hazelnut cookies. And I´m not really interested in homemade cookies, don´t eat them (absolute horror, I know). So imagine how good I think they are.
Back to our recipe, I was absolutely interested in the method of hazelnut skin removal. You throw the hazelnuts with some baking soda into boiling water and after five minutes drain them and put them in cold water, and the skins come off just like that. Yeah, and just like that there´s water everywhere, bits of skin covering a big portion of my hands, and also the counter, many hazelnuts have sunk to the bottom of the water-filled saucepan and you have to fish them out, resulting in more bits of wet hazelnut skin adhering to more places. That is after a purple foam happened out of nowhere and crept out of the saucepan when the baking soda was added, making a mess on the stove. No I didn´t find it interesting. I´m sticking to my old-fashioned oven skin wrinkling followed by towel rubbing. Like you wouldn´t have realized that by now.
|Ready to go into the oven again|
What do they taste like? Like very traditional hazelnut biscotti. The kind you would dip in Vin Santo. This is a good base recipe. Anything can be added. I especially like them with dried figs and orange zest.
I couldn´t not add some kind of chocolate. After all, one extraordinary combination in the food world is hazelnuts and chocolate. Ask the lilac cow if you don´t believe me.