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January 30, 2010

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Olivia: You can use pre-ground hazelnuts. I have not tried this recipe with pre-ground nuts so I'm not 100% sure but I think you will need the same amount of ground as of whole (1/2 cup).

Can you use already ground hazelnuts? if so how much?

The tarts looked so delicious. I am definitely going to try this one. I am so excited with this!

Nicole, I didn't toast the hazelnuts that were included in the crust. You can use blanched hazelnuts or just use them with the skin still on. I did toast the nuts that went on top of the whipped cream though.

Do you toast the hazelnuts and skin them?

They look delicious! Triple chocolate...must be delicious.

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Hayley,

thanks for the vote of confidence! No I did not go to Culinary school. I went to University and got a degree in Environmental Studies from Trent University. I basically grew up in the bakery, and my earliest memories are of my sister and I playing with bits of dough. I tried to work a "regular job" after I graduated and just missed baking so much!
I would say that if baking and food is your passion you should definitely follow that passion. I recommend perhaps working in a kitchen or bakery first though as it's a lot different than what you see on t.v! Good luck, email me if you have any other questions!

Melissa

PS I favorited your blog!

Two of my favorite food combinations- chocolate and hazelnut! These tarts look AMAZING!!

Melissa,

I just recently stumbled upon your blog and wanted to tell you I really enjoy it! I love that it's not strictly food-centered and that you highlight so many musicians (I'm always in need of new music.

I was also wondering if you've ever been to culinary or pastry school? My passion for cooking (especially baking) is continuing to grow more & more and it's something I've been considering. Anyway, good luck with everything - I just printed off some of your recipes and can't wait to try them!

-Hayley-

Oh wow - my husband would go ga-ga for this. He could hazelnuts all day, every day. Looks great!

These little tarts look absolutely delicious!

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