How to Skin Hazelnuts the Easy Way

| 12/23/2016 9:23:00 AM

Tags: blanching, nuts, holidays, baking, cookies, snacks, sweets, desserts, recipes, Texas, Wendy Akin,


Hazlenuts are my favorite for holiday cookies. The problem with them is that the skins are very bitter and until I learned this trick, nearly impossible to get off. The toasting method doesn’t do a good job and, worse, ruins the kitchen towel used to rub off the skins. So, I tried doing hazelnuts the way I do the almonds to make my Almond Paste. With the addition of some baking soda, it works!


• 1 cup shelled hazelnuts
• 3 cups boiling water
• 4 Tbsp baking soda


Please read the cautions before beginning.

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