Friday, April 12, 2013

Toasted Hazelnut Bread

Mr. O-P likes mixed nuts. Well, let me rephrase that. Mr. O-P buys mixed nuts. There's a difference. Once he gets the oil-drum-size container of nuts home, he then painstakingly removes those he doesn't care for - the almonds and hazelnuts, and sometimes the Brazil nuts, depending upon his mood.  He places each type into its own little separate plastic container and passes them along to me as if I'm loaded with recipes and uses for this nut duo/trio. Let's face it, a girl can only use so many nuts. Imagine my delight then, when I stumbled upon this recipe in my Try before I die file. Not only did it make use of hazelnuts, but also employed one of my favorite appliances, the automatic bread machine.

I wasn't sure if I wanted bread or rolls, so decided to make both - a pan of rolls, and a small loaf of bread. When I make it again (and I will), I'm going to make a large loaf and forget the rolls.  This bread was tasty out of the oven, but the next morning made the best tasting toast that I think I've ever eaten.

Toasted Hazelnut Bread

2/3 cup warm milk (70° to 80°)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
Egg wash (1 egg + 1 T. Water)

Place the ingredients (milk through the hazelnuts) into the bread machine in the order listed. Select the Dough setting and press Start.

When machine signals that the dough is done, remove to a lightly floured cutting board. Shape dough into rolls or one large loaf (or two small ones, or both -- the world is your oyster). Place shaped dough into greased pans and set in a warm spot to raise until double in size, 30-45 minutes. Brush top with egg wash and sprinkle with Kosher salt or finely ground hazelnuts. Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown and makes a hollow sound when thumped. 

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The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love hazlenuts, so I'm sure I would love this bread!



Marigene said...

Pattie, that bread sounds and sounds dee-lish-us! I can't wait to bake a loaf.

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Afternoon Pattie, The first thing which struck me when I read your post, was my, oh my, your husband is a very patient man to sort through so many nuts and compartmentalize them. I'm just wondering if my husband would do he loves nuts so none of them would be a problem.
I have never used a breadmaker, but I hear they are very good. I might add one to my "List of Cooking Utensils I want to buy"....I have to say this would be the only thing on the list!
Have a lovely weekend.
Best Wishes

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Oh, perfection. I just bought flour yesterday and bread machine yeast. Now, to convince Bandwidth to help with the hazlenuts.