Carmelized nuts chopped or ground to various consistencies are an ingredient in countless desserts, and can be prepared in advance, using any kind of nuts.
Ingredients For 250 grams:
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup (100 grams) whole, shelled, unsalted hazelnuts (or other nuts)
Heat the sugar in a small, heavy pot over a low flame, until it melts and browns (be careful not to burn).
Stir in the nuts, continuing to heat over a low flame, until the caramelized sugar recovers from the cold shock from the room-temperature nuts, melts again and completely coats the nuts.
Tip the nuts out onto baking paper that has been lightly greased with butter, and spread evenly in a single layer. When the pralines cool, break them up with your hands and chop coarsely with a knife or grind in a food processor.
Use to cover or decorate cakes and desserts, as an ice cream topping, etc.