Posts Tagged ‘jasmine’

  1. Life is too short to skin hazelnuts

    My plan tonight was to caramelize some almonds and hazelnuts ready to decorate the nut cupcakes that I’m testing this week. So I ventured out in the rain to pick up some supplies from Deen but they only had skin-on hazelnuts in stock.

    I figured it wouldn’t take me too long to skin them but I tell you, I’m only buying the white ones from now on! It’s the most fiddly, messy, time-consuming task I’ve undertaken in a long time, and the only good thing about it is that at least the hazelnut skins don’t stain fingers and nails like almond skins do. I finally have a tray of perfectly skinned, and now toasted, hazelnuts but never again… The caramelization will have to wait until tomorrow.

    On the plus side, while the hazelnuts were soaking and toasting, I tried out my new orange blossom cutter and knocked out a tray of sugar orange blossoms and jasmine daisies for the floral cupcakes I’ll be testing this week too. So, it wasn’t all frustration in the kitchen in the end…