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MexicoKaren 07-24-2008 11:01 AM

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!

kitchenelf 07-24-2008 11:04 AM

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 :chef:

A LIGHT toast to them shouldn't hurt anything IMHO...Unless, it will bring a more savory note to the cake.

GB 07-24-2008 11:05 AM

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.

kitchenelf 07-24-2008 11:06 AM

nice try GB...you almost had me! :lol:

GB 07-24-2008 11:17 AM

As I was typing I knew you must have been doing the same KE :rofl:

VeraBlue 07-24-2008 11:31 AM

They'll be nuttier...which is usually a good thing, yes?:wink:

Cooper'sMom 07-24-2008 11:48 AM

Just do it gently and make sure it doesn't burn too quickly.

MexicoKaren 07-24-2008 11:54 AM

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.

JillBurgh 07-24-2008 12:52 PM


Originally Posted by VeraBlue (Post 651544)
They'll be nuttier...which is usually a good thing, yes?:wink:

I like my cakes like I like my men...:wacko:


MexicoKaren 07-24-2008 12:56 PM

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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