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I want to bake a batch of chocolate cookies with a whole almond on top.  How do I remove that papery skin? And I have to do the same thing to all those hazlenuts I bought. TIA
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Nutty question

posted at 11/9/2010 5:55 PM EST
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I want to bake a batch of chocolate cookies with a whole almond on top. 
How do I remove that papery skin?

And I have to do the same thing to all those hazlenuts I bought.
TIA

Re: Nutty question

posted at 11/9/2010 6:57 PM EST
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I usually soak them in hot water for about 10 minutes.  The skin is easy to slip off after the soak.  Hope this helps.

Re: Nutty question

posted at 11/9/2010 7:06 PM EST
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Thanks H.M. -- I appreciate you help.
hee hee hee -- I'd sure appreciate it more if you would "skin" them for me Wink

Re: Nutty question

posted at 11/10/2010 8:49 PM EST
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Purchase blanched almonds.

Re: Nutty question

posted at 11/11/2010 7:50 AM EST
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Easiest way I have found is to bring a pot of water to a boil.  Drop the almonds in and boil for a minute.  Drain.  Then pinch the almond between your fingers and the skins will slide off.  If any skins  remain you can put the almonds on a kitchen towel and fold the towel over them and rub.  The remaining skin should come right off. 
Blanched almonds like this don't have much flavor and do best of toasted.  They should do well baked on top of a cookie.
This is how I did the almonds when I made almond paste. 

Re: Nutty question

posted at 11/11/2010 8:06 AM EST
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Either soak them for 15 minutes or just buy the pre-skinned almonds.

Re: Nutty question

posted at 1/16/2011 8:17 AM EST
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Perhaps there are some nutrients in the skin of the nut - I'd probably just leave the skin on the nut.

Re: Nutty question

posted at 1/16/2011 11:51 AM EST
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toasted is the way I usually go

Re: Nutty question

posted at 1/16/2011 1:45 PM EST
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The hot water over the almonds is really the best way.  It takes a little time, but it works.  As far as the hazelnuts--roast them in the oven about 350 degrees on a cookie sheet with sides. Watch carefully so they don't burn, and shake them once or twice so they roast evenly.  Then dump them out onto a clean kitchen towel and fold it over and start rubbing.  Much, but not all of the papery skins will flake off.  Don't worry if it all doesn't come off they will still be fine.  Needless to say, the towel will need washing!!!

Re: Nutty question

posted at 1/16/2011 2:08 PM EST
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The hazelnuts taste better in the cookie after raosting first too.

Re: Nutty question

posted at 2/17/2011 4:18 PM EST
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Try Black Walnuts next

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