All my recipes that involve nuts seem to call for roasting and chopping the nuts first. Do you bother? Why?
I quite like my biscotti with whole almonds (a real treat - like finding silver in the christmas pud) and I don't like them to be overly 'cooked' (the almonds I mean). But I can't help but wonder if I'm missing out. As I'm trying every recipe I can find to make a good dough at the moment (for alsorts of flavours - I haven't found one for plain almond that I'm happy with yet) I don't want to change too many things or I won't be able to tell which I like best when compared. But should I really be toasting the nuts (it seems unnecessary). What do you think!?!
So far the chocolate-orange, cranberry-pistachio and lemon-macadamia (which I do chop a bit) seem most popular at work, but this lot aren't all that fussy if someone gives them free food!