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Aug 28, 2009 08:31 AM

Hazelnut flour?

I'm thinking of making macarons with hazelnut flour instead of the traditional almond meal. Does any one know of a local source? Online stores offer them in large quantities so that's not an option.

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  1. If you have a blade coffee grinder or a good food processor make your own. Way fresher than anything you can buy.

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      The trick in making your own nut flour is to put some of the sugar or flour from the recipe into the processor with the nuts. This keeps the nuts from turning into nut butter, but you still need to watch, and stop as soon as you reach the desired fine-ness.

    2. Bob's Red Mill makes it, and WF carries alot of their products...I know I've seen the almond meal there, but not sure about the hazelnut. You can buy a single bag at Bob's online site...not sure what you consider "large quantities", but their bag is 4 lb (>$40...ouch!).

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      1. re: Science Chick

        I could (almost) swear that I've seen that brand of hazelnut flour at one, maybe two locations of WF. Problem is I can't remember which ones I"ve seen it at, as I tend to frequent most of the locations in the Boston Area. (MAYBE River street in Cambridge, but call first!)

        1. re: Science Chick

          Yeah, $40 is too much for my budget. I've seen one for $35 at Amazon too, but again, too large a quantity for too much money.

        2. I know TJs has almond flour; they MAY have hazelnut flour. I am not sure.

          Assuming that 8 ounces is not too much, here is an online source that may have escaped your attention when you looked:

          I have only had excellent experiences purchasing from King Arthur Flour. Delivery is pretty quick, even by ground. I used to have a tradition of visiting their store every year about a week or two after Labor Day, when the first hints of color touch the trees but the leaf peepers have not yet begun to clog the roads. It's about 2 1/2 hours from Boston and a good excuse for a Connecticut River Valley day trip. The only bad part is you will feel a strong urge to buy things... such lovely gadgets and enticing ingredients, oh my!

          1. Thanks all, for the suggestions. Funny that I never would have guessed King Arthur's flour, although this is what I use for baking. I didn't know about the King Arthur's place in CT, that sounds like a fun field trip opportunity for me since I love kitchen gadgets.

            I haven't seen hazelnut flour at the Woburn nor Alewife WF, but it is a good idea to call to see if any of the other area stores carries it. They have almond flour at the TJ near me, but no hazelnut flour unfortunately.

            I'm less inclined to make hazelnut flour from scratch, partly from sheer laziness, but also because the recipe I'm using for macarons is already time-intensive. I do make my own hazelnut butter though, even though I can't seem to grind the hazelnuts in the food processor fine enough for the purpose. Hmmm, so anybody knows how I can make home made hazelnut butter with a finer texture? Mine is pretty coarse.

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            1. re: amy_wong

              The King Arthur store is in Norwich, Vermont (just north of White River Junction on Route 5), not Connecticut. We're always there the Sunday morning before Thanksgiving, following a church game supper in nearby Bradford the night before.

              1. re: amy_wong

                Sorry to be a source of confusion... the Connecticut River ends in Connecticut, but before it gets there, it flows between Vermont and New Hampshire, and then through Massachusetts. I-91 is generally parallel to it, just a little bit to the west. King Arthur Flour is in Norwich, VT. Not too far away, on the other side of the river, is Dartmouth. It's pretty up there.

                1. re: PinchOfSalt

                  Thanks for the clarification. I'm not too familiar with this part of the country so it's good to know that the store is in Vermont. Maybe I'll go there in the early fall for hiking, biking, kayaking, Ben and Jerry's and the King Arthur flour store. Sounds like a great three- or four-day trip.

                  1. re: amy_wong

                    Not sure if you've ordered the flour or no, but I'm near certain MB in Chelsea has it (Bob's Red Mill brand). I'll be there tomorrow and can double-check (you can call them but its so crazy in there on weekends not sure how effective phone call would be). I'll post back tomorrow if somebody doesn't beat me to it (FYI the new MB has pretty much all the Bob's stuff - bigger selection than I've seen anywhere).

                    1. re: food4dogs

                      Whether or not hazelnut flour is included I can't recall, but the BRM section in the Wilmington MB is about 2 ft wide, and runs from top shelf to bottom, if memory serves. Maybe 25-30 different items? Is the Chelsea display larger?

                      1. re: food4dogs

                        Oh, please post back. I can swing by the Wilmington MB since it's close to my workplace.

                      2. re: amy_wong

                        Ben and Jerry's is in Burlington, VT, quite a distance from King Arthur Flour. If you go there, there are plenty of other things to do and see. Burlington is on Lake Champlain, a very important place in the history of the American revolution. It is also where Cabot Cheese is located. The tour there is great! But do try to beat the leaf peepers - the roads get clogged and the rooms are hard to find during peak color season.

                        1. re: PinchOfSalt

                          Ben and Jerry's main offices are in South Burlington, and a fun place to visit (not sure if open to public though - their CEO is an alum of my b school so I went for a trip) but you can do the factory tour in Waterbury VT, which is closer to Norwich... about an hour or a little more away. If you go, do not miss Hen of the Wood in Waterbury - great food in a lovely setting, a former grist mill.

                  2. Hi!
                    If MB does not have the hazelnut flour, you can purchase it online through King Arthur Flour Company: