Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Hazelnuts are very common at British Neolithic sites, being probably the most frequently represented of the "other plants" mentioned by Whittle. Nutshell fragments are often not counted but are just mentioned as being rare or numerous, and in such instances we record "few", "some" or "many"...
- Sue Colledge and James Conolly, The Origins and Spread of Domestic Plants in Southwest Asian and Europe
This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". This week it is hosted by Lynne at "Cafe Lynnylu" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).


Corylus avellana. A word that sounds like music to the ears. Also know as hazelnut, cobnut or filbert, this little fruit full of promise, and ancient symbol of peace and health is a kernel of joy and a gourmet's best friend.

Rare are the people who don't like hazelnuts and it is quite understandable as they are extremely versatile, wholesome and a wide variety of desserts, confectioneries as well as savory dishes can be prepared with them. From gianduja and cakes to spice mixes, condiments, soups and salads, there are large quantities of recipes that employ this delicacy.

Whether this nutritious nut is eaten raw or roasted, taste is always at the rendez-vous. The elegant, luxurious, earthy, sweet and buttery aroma of hazelnuts is quite addictive and intoxicating (especially when they have been toasted), and just like cocoa, its preferred partner in crime, not only are they good for the body, but also for the soul.

Hazelnuts have a very distinctive flavor and that's why they are highly regarded by pastry chefs and cook all around the world. They pair beautifully with dried and fresh fruits, mushrooms, root vegetables, bread, pasta, legumes, fish, meat, cheese, wine, spirits, and more particularly with chocolate (the Holy Grail!) for which this culinary hero has a particular affinity.

Their popularity is universal and many countries have been cultivating orchards since centuries. Hence, hazelnuts are rooted deep in our food culture and their use is widespread.

In Switzerland, we love to bake with those fragrant nuts and we have an abundance of hazelnut-based treats (cookies, tarts, cakes, chocolate bars, etc...). Around Christmas time, stores sell gargantuesque quantities of whole and ground hazelnuts and Swiss people enjoy preparing traditional hazelnut "biscuits de Noël/Weihnachtsguetzli" such as "Berner Hasselnussleckerli (Leckerli Bernese-Style)", "Hasselnussrollen (Hazelnut Rolls)", "Hasselnussmakronen (Hazelnut Macaroons)" and "Totenbeinli (Leg Of The Dead Cookies)" with their family and friends...

As I'm sure you are now craving hazelutty foods by now, I thought that you might be interested in the recipes I have decided to share with you today. Some of them could even come in handy during this festive season. Enjoy!

- Old House In Chur, Switzerland -

My Hazelnut Recipes
. Apple Tart With Hazelnut Frangipani (link)
. Beetroot And Orange Salad (link)
. Chocolate Ganache-Glazed Hazelnut Cake (link)
. Cornflake Terrine (link)
. Hazelnut Date Truffles (link)
. Hazelnut Meringue Clusters (link)
. Hazelnut Nougatine (link)

Great Hazelnut Recipes Found On The Net
. Baci Di Dama (Food 52)
. Baked Apples With Hazelnuts, Maple Cream and Crème Fraîche (Yummy Supper)
. Bread Pudding Cake (Juls' Kitchen)
. Butternut Squash Ravili With Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto (Saveur)
. Cauliflower With Brown Butter, Pears, Sage And Hazelnuts (Fine Cooking)
. Celery, Blue Cheese And Hazelnut Slad (Simply Recipes)
. Espresso And Chocolate-Hazelnut  Swirl Ice Cream With Coffee Tuiles (Lisa Is Cooking)
. Fig, Halloumi And Hazelnut Salad (Cooksister)
. Hazelnut Fruit Cake (Good Food)
. Hazelnut Meringue Cake With Berries (Life's A Feast)
. Individual Hazelnut And Chocolate Clafoutis (Jamie Oliver)
. Mini Piedmontois (Almond Corner)
. Orechiette With Squash, Chiles And Hazelnuts (Bon Appétit)
. Quinoa Salad With Hazelnuts, Apple And Dried Cranberries (Food 52)
. Shredded Brussel Sprouts With Bacon And Hazelnuts (Cooking Light)
. Swiss/Berner Hasselnussleckerli (Sweet Artichoke)
. Swiss/Bernese Hazelnut Tart (Vagabond Baker)
. Swiss Dairy-Free Hazelnut Crescent Rolls (Dairy Free Switzerland)
. Swiss Totenbeinli (Linno-Yum)
. Torta Di Nocciole (Domenica Cooks)


  1. Tout à fait de saison!
    Those are merry pictures!

  2. Beautiful! Time to pick up some hazelnuts. :D

  3. Love hazelnuts, and love that picture! Superb lighting. Thanks, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  4. Beautiful Rosa!
    I love hazelnuts!

  5. You know I don't use them often enough..Yet I buy hazelnut coffee:)
    Lovely shots and thanks for all the recipes.

  6. I love hazelntus, they are pretty and taste wonderfully. Also love them inside the shell 🌰

  7. Hi Rosa, Love hazelnuts, great picture....Happy Holidays!

  8. Awesome post! Love the photo, such a arrangement of the nuts. :) Definitely craving hazelnut now!

  9. Beautiful photography, and I love hazelnuts. Love the light: just enough, not too much and not too little

  10. Beautiful BW photo. There's something extra special about the image in BW.

  11. Beautiful as always. Now I'm craving hazelnuts.

  12. Gorgeous pictures Rosa, you are very talented!

  13. Wow - what a feast of hazelnut recipes!! Gorgeous shot too...

  14. I love hazelnuts, too. Though it can be a pain to remove their skins, it's always worth the effort.

  15. Lovely image. Hazelnuts and chocolate mean two things to me: Baci Perugina and gianduia. Sigh :)

  16. even my birds on the window sill love them. Liebe Grüsse.

  17. Merci pour l'inspiration Rosa - nous n'en avons pas eu beaucoup cette annee, et les ecureuils ont tout vole, ce sera pour une autre annee, mais ces recettes aux noisettes ont l'air terribles.

  18. Hi Rosa,gorgeous clicks with hazelnuts and dark chocolate...they look so beautiful together....we have recently discovered a store nearby which stocks on hazelnuts and other things hard to find as such....will be trying out your recipe for hazelnut is sure going to be a hit for these holidays...loved the use of honey in them,thanks :-)

  19. We do miss hazelnuts in India, they are rarely sold in markets and quite expensive. I remember collecting hazelnuts in nature as a child with my cousin near my grandmother's age old house.
    Maybe the squirrels hid the nuts near those sites. =P

  20. Perfect choice for a black and white photo, Rosa!

  21. Great photo and wonderful recipes. Hazelnuts weren't very common in the US until about 10 or 15 years ago. We ate a lot of pecans. But, I do love them and look forward to trying your recipe. Have a great holiday season!

  22. Rosa, Such lovely writing and beautiful photographs, as always. My husband actually doesn't like hazelnuts!? Very frustrating. :-) Thank you so much for including my crescent roll recipe! Happy Holidays to you and your family. Best wishes, Heddi

  23. Dear Rosa, Such beautiful writing and photographs, as usual. Thanks for including my recipe! Happy Holidays to you and your family. Best wishes, Heddi

  24. I don't know why I don't use hazelnuts more. You've inspired me.

  25. i love the taste of hazelnuts but i rarely ever eat them in their natural state! they're always ground or powdered or reduced to a flavor. lovely shots!

  26. I love hazelnuts, and I'm so happy to have all these recipes in one place! I even have some hazelnut flour in the fridge! Happy holidays Rosa!

  27. De jolis clichés !

  28. Love the photo of the hazelnuts and the two pieces of Lindt chocolate. I would like to try out the Hasselnussrollen! They sound amazing. Thanks for sharing those links and recipes! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  29. I can't wait to check all the hazelnuts recipes! We produce lots of hazelnuts in Oregon too. Love the black and white photo very much.

  30. Beautiful as always! Happy New Year!

  31. Kernels of joy -- for sure! Wishing you a most wonderful start to the new year.

  32. Even some good old Hazelnut look like a stash of precious jewels in your images, dear Rosa! And what majestic serving pot you've chosen to showcase here!

    I hope and pray that the years ahead bring you peace, tranquility and abundance of love. Hugs.