Toasting nuts is akin to unlocking a treasure chest of flavors. This simple culinary technique transforms plain nuts into a fragrant and crunchy treat. Perfectly toasted nuts are great for salads, baked goods, or enjoy them just as they are—a healthy, savory snack.
Selecting Your Nuts
Begin with your choice of raw, unsalted nuts. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews are popular choices. You can toast them whole, chopped, or sliced, depending on your preference and intended use.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Avoid overcrowding for even toasting. Toast for 10-15 minutes. Shake the tray or stir the nuts halfway through to ensure even toasting.
Knowing When They’re Done
The key to perfect toasted nuts is using your senses. Watch for a golden-brown color and pay attention to the aroma. Nuts release a nutty, toasted scent when they’re done. It’s important to remember that nuts continue cooking a little after being removed from the heat source, so it’s better to err on the side of underdone.
Add a pinch of salt after toasting to enhance the flavor or, for a sweet twist, sprinkle a little cinnamon or sugar on the nuts before toasting.