The soaking water for the nuts is used again to proof the yeast, which infuses the entire loaf with nutty flavor.

Recipe by Cooking Light June 2005


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16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


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  • Preheat oven to 350°.

  • Spread hazelnuts in an even layer on a baking sheet. Cook at 350° for 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from heat; transfer to a small bowl. Pour boiling water over hazelnuts; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Strain hazelnut mixture through a sieve into a bowl, reserving liquid and nuts. Spread nuts in an even layer on a double thickness of paper towels; pat lightly with additional paper towels to dry. Set aside. Place reserved liquid in a small saucepan; heat until warm (100° to 104°). Transfer reserved liquid to a large bowl. Add sugar and yeast, stirring well with a whisk; let stand for 5 minutes.

  • Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 3/4 cups flour and salt; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky). Cover dough; let rest 10 minutes. Uncover; knead in reserved hazelnuts.

  • Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Shape dough into a 9-inch oval; place on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Lightly spray surface of dough with cooking spray; cover. Let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

  • Preheat oven to 375°.

  • Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until browned on bottom and sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

135 calories; calories from fat 25%; fat 3.7g; saturated fat 0.3g; mono fat 2.5g; poly fat 0.6g; protein 4.1g; carbohydrates 21.5g; fiber 1.3g; iron 0.6mg; sodium 186mg; calcium 12mg.