Luxury Nuts

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Luxury Nuts

Postby Jorpho » Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:09 am UTC

The other day I was looking for pecans for a cookie recipe, and inadvertently picked up a rather expensive container of "pecans praline". But I'm glad I did, because these things are divine. They are pecans in some sort of hard sugary coating; you may have had them in ice cream at some point. I did not previously consider that they might be available without the ice cream. I daresay they are even superior to the mighty dark-chocolate-covered almond!

Another nut of note is the smoked almond, which I daresay will probably provide vegetarians with the closest thing to the bacon experience.

I have to wonder what else I have been missing. What's your favorite luxury nut?

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Re: Luxury Nuts

Postby Matt » Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:23 pm UTC

I do enjoy some dry roasted

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Re: Luxury Nuts

Postby Bakemaster » Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:34 pm UTC

I used to really like honey-roasted peanuts, though I wouldn't exactly call them "luxury" nuts. I like ice cream and other desserts with pralines, but have never tried them on their own. Really I'm all set with some beautiful buttery pecans, no toasting or topping required, but I do also enjoy chocolate-covered macadamias.
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Re: Luxury Nuts

Postby podbaydoor » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:15 pm UTC

Macadamia nuts. Unadorned, they're buttery divinity. In chocolate, they're buttery chocolate divinity.
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Re: Luxury Nuts

Postby Rinsaikeru » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:26 pm UTC

This thread is making my mouth water...

I love pecans and macadamia nuts plain..but pralines are absolutely devine too. So good. I really liked this high end trail mix i had once that had walnuts, pecans, almonds, dried cherries, and pineapple among other dried fruits.
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Re: Luxury Nuts

Postby PictureSarah » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:20 am UTC

I adore pralines. I've never had them not in ice cream, but I'm sure I would love them. I like pretty much every sort of nut I've ever tried, but candied walnuts are possibly my favorite? I love cashews and macadamia nuts too.
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Re: Luxury Nuts

Postby Banarnar » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:28 pm UTC

Well these all sound VERY tasty, but when I think of luxury nuts I think of.... pine nuts. More of a savoury than sweet flavour, though, I would not sprinkle them over ice cream. Rather expensive but have such a unique taste, and maybe it's the power of suggestion but I usually think they taste like I'm walking through a pine forest with my mouth open. One of those "it tastes like the smell of" things. So good.... really good in quiche and on pizza, and by themselves far too delicious to be affordable!!

Oh, and as far as sweet things go, chocolate-covered roasted almonds should be severely rationed around me!!

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Re: Luxury Nuts

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Re: Luxury Nuts

Postby Nath » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:15 pm UTC

A few days ago a local German takeaway gave me some freshly roasted almonds with a hard, sweet coating. Quite enjoyable, but not the sort of thing I'd eat every day.

In India, we occasionally used to get cashews with a sweet yellowish-orange coating. Again, quite good if eaten in small quantities. The coating would glue a bunch of nuts together, so you'd break off a chunk rather than eat individual nuts one at a time.

For day-to-day consumption, though, I prefer non-luxury nuts.

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Re: Luxury Nuts

Postby Mmmm, Pi » Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:21 pm UTC

Chocolate covered brazil nuts are a favorite of mine.
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