Toasted Walnuts – easy method to enhance the flavor of walnuts before using them in your recipes.
This is strange! I’ve always toasted hazelnuts before I used them in any dessert recipe. I knew toasting enhances their flavor. But it never occurred to me to toast walnuts. I don’t know why. Probably because my mom never did, so I thought it is something unnecessary. Or maybe because walnuts are already strong tasting, sometimes even a little bitter, so they didn’t seem to need it.
Anyway, when I recently read somewhere on the internet that walnuts should be toasted before use, I was very surprised, but at the same time intrigued. I had to try it!
My usual method of toasting nuts is putting them in a pan and slowly heating on the stove top until they just start changing their color. This time I placed them on a sheet pan and roasted them in preheated 350 F (175 C) oven for about eight minutes. In both cases it is most important to watch them all the time since they can burn easily. It is better to roast them too little, then too much. Every oven is different so be sure to adjust the time of Toasted Walnuts as needed.
- 2 cups walnuts or enough to cover a sheet pan in one layer
Place walnuts on a sheet pan in one layer. It is not necessary to grease the pan or use baking paper.
Roast in 350 F (175 C) preheated oven for about 8 minutes. Watch them closely to prevent burning and adjust roasting time as needed.