Roasting pecans or walnuts is a great idea because it brings out their wonderful flavors and makes everything you use them in better.
But, roasting nuts can be tricky because if you use too high a temperature or roast them too long, the nuts can burn. Been there. Done that.
And, I have tried just about every way there is to roast nuts. Dry skillet. Oven at 400 degrees F. Oven at 350 degrees F. Even the microwave.
I have not been very happy with any of these methods.
But, then recently Rose Levy Beranbaum (author of The Cake Bible and The Pie and Pastry Bible to name a couple of her books) came to my rescue.
She recommends roasting nuts at 325 degree F for ten minutes. Here’s how:
- Place the nuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place the sheet in the oven.
- Roast for about five minutes and then open the oven door and shake the baking sheet and move the nuts around.
- Roast for another five minutes.
- Remove the nuts and cool completely. You should smell that wonderful aroma of roasted nuts.
Simple. No burning. Better baked goods.