Using Chopped Nuts in Baking Recipes

When a recipe calls for chopped nuts, I always reach for one of my favorite kitchen tools, the low-tech, hand-operated chopper pictured here.  This gadget transforms nuts into tiny pieces, almost creating a coarse flour, very quickly and comfortably.  (Or, just a few pulses can be made to yield a coarse chop if you prefer.)

OLYMPUS EM-5  OLYMPUS EM-5

 

As you can see, these finely chopped nuts incorporate into flour very well.  You can whisk the nuts into your dry ingredients, adding flavor, nutrients and healthy caloric heft while maintaining a velvety texture in the end result.

To achieve similar results on a cutting board means a time consuming, mess making series of chopping, re-piling, re-chopping and re-piling until you finally get the desired consistency.

Using a spice grinder or food-processor seems too aggressive, b/c those tools too quickly begin to turn the nuts into nut-butter.

This particular model came from Broadway Panhandler, several years ago.  I am on the prowl for additional sources and will update once I find!

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