I had never roasted hazelnuts before, which is odd since we love them so much and they are readily available in bulk bins at two stores where I shop. I think I had my oven set between 350 and 375 to roast the nuts and I took them out at 9 minutes. They were plenty brown, smelled wonderful, and there was smoke coming up from the pan. Yikes!! The skins just began to fall off as they were roasting which was cool, making it easier for me to get the rest off. Here's my roasted hazelnuts:
This bread is very, very good!!! My husband is sad now that it is Friday and our loaf is almost gone. The roasted hazelnuts go really well with the sweet little currants dispersed throughout the loaf. We have thoroughly enjoyed this bread with our meals this week and I'll definitely make again!
Here is a picture of the interior of the batard:
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