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What spices go well with hazelnuts? I'm planning to spice-brine some hazelnuts this week, and would love your suggestions. Thank you. ;o)

I'll use the method described in my recipe, Crispy Spice-Brined Pecans (which I Iearned from reading Sally Fallon's "Nourishing Traditions".) Would you consider using some sort of citrus peel as well? Thanks, everyone. ;o)

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asked over 4 years ago
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sdebrango

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added over 4 years ago

Orange peel would be wonderful with the hazelnuts. I have been thinking of doing the same and wondered if espresso grounds with orange peel would work I just thought infusing the nuts with coffee and orange would be amazing if it would work.. Sorry I went off track its just an idea I had. I love cinnamon and nutmeg, I think hazelnuts scream for warm earthy spices, allspice would be good. Was thinking about cardamom also.

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amysarah

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added over 4 years ago

I agree about cinnamon, nutmeg or mace - and some sort of citrus peel. Hazelnuts and honey also like each other (a favorite flavor at our local gelato shop) - so maybe some honey, if you want to add a sweet element.

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added over 4 years ago

Citrus peel, or ginger, or pumpkin pie spices.

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They have a mild somewhat smoky flavor to me and I think that something piney would go nicely with that. Herbes de provence might also go well with them, in composite proportions to your liking.

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hardlikearmour

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added over 4 years ago

Do let us know what you make, AJ! I love hazelnuts.

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added over 4 years ago

i would try orange zest and anise seeds. I love that combination!

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Lemon Peel? I had the best salad at Vanderbilt, a restaurant in Prospect Heights, Bklyn. The chef had dehydrated some butternut squash, and placed on a bed of watercress with sliced, pickled shallots and hazelnuts toasted and perfumed with lemon peel.

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added over 4 years ago

I'd add some fennel seeds as well.