Roasted Hazelnut Macaroons

Made a batch of these last weekend to bring to our picnic at the first of the La Jolla Concerts by the Sea:

12 oz. raw hazelnuts

1 c. granulated sugar

2 (large) egg whites at room temperature

Roast hazelnuts at 350 degrees F. for about 15-20 minutes, until fragrant.  Remove from oven, then use a kitchen towel to rub off as much of the papery skin as possible.  The nuts themselves will be a rich caramel color.  It’s all right if you don’t get all of the skins off, as a little bit adds color to the macaroons and does not detrimental to the taste.

As the nuts cool, add a sprinkle of Cream of Tartar to the albumen, then beat the egg whites until stiff but still glossy.  Grind/chop hazelnuts into a coarse meal (the small food processor I used, made by Krups, did a good job of not turning the nuts into a paste, which would have been too fine).  Stir in the sugar, and then fold in the albumen until the mixture becomes a loose, grainy mass.  Form into macaroons using your fingers to pinch together what appear to be miniature mountain ranges.

Place on parchment-lined or silicone mat-covered baking pan and bake for about 12 minutes, or until they turn a nice deep brown (watch them carefully so as not to burn, which happens in the blink of an eye!).  Remove macaroons from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.  Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea, or just as a sweet snack.

Unfortunately for Peter, Scott, and me, the flying rats (ie, seagulls) managed to open the plastic box I’d put them in while we were on our dive, so we didn’t actually get to taste them until I baked another batch in the evening!

The first week of the three-week-long Intermediate AutoCAD course has finished, and I feel okay about what I’m learning.  There are little things that I still want to practice (nice “tricks” that help save time and effort).  I just looked at the course catalog for the school, and the on-site Revit classes do not begin until October.  I’ve been on their website, and it appears that their only other software package training are all online, which does not really suit me.  I’m looking into test prep courses through everblue for the LEED BD+C AP accreditation, and it looks like there is one in a couple weeks, or else there is one in December.  I’ll contact my DoR counselor, Jeffrey, and program manager, Elizabeth, to make an appointment to adjust my IPE (Individual Plan for Employment).



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