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Old 07-24-2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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Roasting/toasting nuts?

I always roast nuts before adding them to a recipe. It seems to bring out the flavor and freshens them up as well. Today, I am baking a cake that has three cups of finely chopped pecans. Will roasting them lightly be a good idea? The recipe does not call for roasting them first - will this change the flavor of the cake? Any thoughts, please? Thanks!

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I, personally, think it will bring a richness to the cake that it wouldn't have otherwise. BUT, I'm no baker...I'm only an eater of baked goods

A LIGHT toast to them shouldn't hurt anything IMHO...Unless, it will bring a more savory note to the cake.
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:05 AM   #3
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Like you said, roasting brings out the flavors. This is true of any nut. Your cake will be great if you roast them or not. Roasting the nuts will not make or break the recipe. It will just make it a little different.
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nice try GB...you almost had me!
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:17 AM   #5
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As I was typing I knew you must have been doing the same KE
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:31 AM   #6
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They'll be nuttier...which is usually a good thing, yes?
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Just do it gently and make sure it doesn't burn too quickly.
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Wow - thanks to all of you for such quick responses! I roasted them lightly and then chopped them fine in my food processor. This cake is a pain in the neck. Five eggs, separated, yolks beaten five minutes, whites beaten and folded in...I sure do hope it's good. I'm taking it to a potluck tonight. The recipe is from a Family Circle mag, so I suppose it's copyrighted, but I'll try to find a link if anyone is interested.
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They'll be nuttier...which is usually a good thing, yes?
I like my cakes like I like my men...

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Old 07-24-2008, 12:56 PM   #10
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Yes, I agree, Vera and Jill. Nutty is almost always a good thing, and the nuttier they are, the better I like 'em (well, to a point. Not Ted Kaczynski nutty.)
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