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Old 10-24-2006, 07:39 AM   #11
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I love most types of nuts and like to experiment with different recipes with different types of nuts, but like others have mentioned, each type has their distinct flavours so certain considerations are necessary, as to what goes well with what.
Are you making some sweets? If it is apple based, walnuts are also delicious with apples, if it is chocolate based, hazelnuts are particularly good, though chocs go well with just about any nuts!

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Old 10-28-2006, 05:47 AM   #12
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Hello Danni

What is the dish u make with the almonds?
Different nuts go with different dishes.
But hazelnuts cursh to the same texture as almonds, so maybe they are a good substitute.


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Old 10-29-2006, 03:02 PM   #13
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I believe it's very difficult to substitute one nut for another. Each has a distinctive flavour which cannot be copied.
Would you substitute veal for pork? Do you consider pheasant a god sub for chicken? How about buffalo for lamb?
See what I mean; they're all meats, but very distinctive in flavour, and the same goes with nuts.
Pecan nuts
Macadamia nuts
Brazil nuts

ALL different flavours with different uses.

Now that doesn't mean you can't use one instead of another, but you will definitely get a different flavour AND a different texture. I'd doubt there are many of us who could actually describe the taste of each nut, but on a blind tasting, I'm pretty sure we'd be able to tell the difference.

Go ahead and sub one for the other - don't be afraid!! What I would suggest is that you taste each (type of) nut before you prepare the dish, and try to commit that flavour to memory.
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Old 10-29-2006, 03:11 PM   #14
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finely ground almonds also produce a somewhat almond 'flour' that is difficult to obtain w/some other nuts. Ground pecans can give you a similar consistency, although the taste and moisture content is different, and so, like Clive says, changes your recipe. If you like the change, that's perfect - just don't expect it to come out the same.

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