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For Christmas, I want to make Pumpkin Bars.  This requires a hazelnut base that you bake first, before putting the pumpkin puree mixture in and baking again.

 

You are supposed to do this:

 

Place the [coarsely] chopped hazelnuts, flour, and salt in the bowl of your food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process the mixture until the hazelnuts are finely ground.

 

Not being much experienced in baking, I nevertheless gather that there is some reason you are supposed to process the 3 items together.  However, I don't have a food processor.

 

Can someone suggest to me what sort of calamity might ensue eek.gif if I just grind the hazelnuts finely in a little manual nut grinder, then stir them up manually with the flour & salt before adding the fat, sugar, etc.  to make the base?

 

What would you do if you really wanted to make these bars but didn't have a food processor?

 

Thank you.

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I'd do exactly as you suggest. Grind the nuts by whatever means you have (even a ziplock and rolling pin will work), then mix with the other two ingredients.

 

We sometimes forget that these techniques have been used for many years when there were no electric appliences.

They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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Hey, thanks for telling me that what I wanted to do is all right and my hazelnut base won't fall apart or anything! 

 

When you talk about old techniques, it reminds me of how very odd it is that when we bake with butter or other saturated fat (quelle  horreur!!!) the results are light and fluffy or flaky like we want; but in most cases if we try to substitute unsaturated fat, ie, oil, the result is (usually) soggy and heavy product. 

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