Hazelnuts, also called filberts, are a good way to save carbon fuel by eating locally. The majority of the world’s hazelnuts are produced in Turkey. We’re fortunate to live in one of the two states in the U.S. where hazelnuts can be grown commercially (Washington and Oregon).
At the Bellingham Farmers Market recently I was delighted to discover Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards (Lynden), local hazelnut producers. Holmquist grows DuChilly hazelnuts at their family run farm, a variety they say is sweeter and has thinner skins without the usual bitter flavor. I completely agree–their hazelnuts are wonderfully sweet and delicious.
Holmquist hazelnuts can be purchased in the bulk bins at both Terra Organica and the Community Food Cooperative, and you can also order them online directly from Holmquist. Besides the raw or roasted nuts, they sell oil, nut butters, flavored nuts (spices or chocolates), and many other hazelnut products.
- Prep Time:
20 min plus 1 hour
- Cook Time:
- Ready In:
1 hr 35 min
- 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts (Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, Lynden)
- 1/4 cup honey (4th Corner Farm, Ferndale)
- 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill, Bellingham)
- 1/4 tsp salt (see Exceptions)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold butter, cut into small pieces (Breckinridge Farm, Everson)
Preheat over to 350F.
Pulse nuts in a food processor or coffee grinder until nuts are finely ground. Add honey, flour, and salt. Pulse until mixed. Add butter and continue pulsing until dough just forms a ball.
On a floured surface, form dough into two rolls, each about 1 inch in diameter. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour. (Dough can be refrigerated up to 12 hours, or frozen for up to one month.)
Cut logs crosswise into 1/2 inch slices and arrange 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges begin to turn light gold. Remove from oven and cool.
Makes a good dessert for just about any meal. You might try it after pasta with Herbed Meatballs and a salad.
Community Food Co-op, Westerly and Cordata, Bellingham