The hazelnut tree is found commonly in the south of Europe where it meets the continent of Asia. From there, shell and skin are removed and roasted delightfully. Chopped hazelnuts, frequently called chopped filberts, are a culinary delight. These diced and roasted hazelnuts are chopped perfectly for ice cream toppings and ice cream mix ins. Sprinkle some on your favorite desserts, add to your breadcrumb crusting on seafood or sprinkle on a salad. A must have in many fine European chocolates and other cooking. Delicious hazelnut cookies, biscotti, chocolate hazelnut brownies are some of the wonderful creations chefs of all kinds will enjoy making and serving.
If you desire the flavor of a spreadable hazelnut, try all natural hazelnut butter ground from freshly roasted hazelnuts. For a sweet hazelnut flavor try hazelnut paste. Commonly referred to filbert butter or filbert paste, both are flavorful additions to chocolate, pastry or other hazelnut recipes.