Toasting nuts brings the nut oils to the surface, enhancing the flavor. Useful in low-fat cooking, to provide nut flavor in smaller portions. Also facilitates removal of nut skins.
To toast nuts, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, spread the nuts in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for six minutes.
To remove the skins, immediately wrap the toasted nuts in a kitchen towel, let them steam for five minutes, then roll them in the towel until the skins rub off.