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Julia’s Hazelnut Crescents

Julia's hazelnut bisc sugar 3This recipe came from a one time neighbour.

Julia was painfully shy, but under her awkward facade was an energetic intelligent woman with an ascerbic dry wit and a ready laugh. She loved to drink red wine. Bacchus provided the catalyst for gaining Julia’s confidence and warm  friendship.

Julia baked these barely sweet, delicious buttery biscuits to enjoy with strong coffee, a remnant of her Dutch heritage, and though I’ve adapted the recipe a little, they are none the worse for it.

250g cultured unsalted butter

1/3 cup castor sugarJulia's hazelnut bisc ingreds

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups ground hazelnuts

1 1/2 cups white spelt flour

Line two oven trays with baking paper. Pre heat the oven to 180C

Cream the butter, vanilla and sugar. Stir in the nuts and sifted flours.

Shape the dough into crescents by making 5 cm long “sausages” and bending them in the middle.

Bake for about 20 minutes until lightly golden and firm to the touch.Julia's hazelnut bisc dough making

Roll in icing sugar while warm.

Makes approx 45 biscuits.

Store in an airtight container.

Julia's hazelnut bisc dough

Julia's hazelnut bisc unbaked

Julia's hazelnut bisc done


About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

15 comments on “Julia’s Hazelnut Crescents

  1. Fig & Quince
    June 17, 2013

    Love the vignette of Julia and such pretty cookies


  2. marymtf
    June 11, 2013

    They look like those biscuits that I sometimes see in the window of Greek cake shops. If it’s anything like those biscuits, yours are bound to be delicious.


    • ladyredspecs
      June 11, 2013

      My bikkies are quite different. The Greek Kourambiedes are shortbreads made with rice flour, flavoured with clove, mine are buttery and hazelnutty.


  3. Peri's Spice Ladle
    June 11, 2013

    Wonderful mix of ingredients…the hazelnuts and spelt flour give a great texture! Recipe is a keeper:)


  4. trixfred30
    June 11, 2013

    They look great and I love the shot with that block of butter – amazing!


  5. mittsandmeasures
    June 11, 2013

    Oh my gosh I bet these are delicious! I’ve got them bookmarked. Thank you!


  6. ohlidia
    June 10, 2013

    These look scrumptious! Anything with hazelnuts has my name on it. You know my relationship with Nutella, right?


  7. chef mimi
    June 10, 2013

    So pretty!


  8. Sandra
    June 10, 2013

    Thank you, they are!


  9. Sam
    June 10, 2013

    Oh these look delicious!


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This entry was posted on June 10, 2013 by in Baking, Breakfast and Brunch, Cookies, sweet biscuits, FODMAP diet, Food and tagged , , , , .
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