One thing that I believe is overlooked in many recipes is toasting nuts before you include them in your recipes. This is especially true in baking. Lightly toasting nuts, prior to adding them into your recipe allows for the oils in nuts to be released. By doing this, it produces a nuttier tasting nut and adds more depth to your recipes. However, when you toast nuts, you must watch them carefully while in the oven, as they burn very easily!
To toast nuts, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and place them in the oven. Place in the oven and lightly toast the nuts, until they have taken on a slightly darker color. Watch them carefully and don’t over-toast them! It should only take about 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let the nuts cool and then use them as directed in your recipe.