Recipe: ‘Croccante di Noccioli e Pistacchi’ (Tuscan Hazelnut & Pistachio Crunch)

Deliciously crunchy, glossy and utterly more-ish, the recipe for this classic Tuscan treat came from Antonio Carluccio and is usually served around Christmas and on festive occasions. With the first snows of the season recently, I was feeling decidedly festive so I made a batch.

It’s really simple to make and the only unusual ingredient is the edible wafer paper (rice paper). You can buy rice paper on Amazon and it can be used as a base for various cookies and sweets such as Panforte di Siena –  another delightful Italian treat.

‘Croccante di Nocciole e Pistacchi’ ~ Tuscan Hazelnut & Pistachio Crunch


(Makes about 2.25lbs / 1kilo)


2-3 sheets of edible wafer/rice paper

14 oz (400g)  of golden sugar (superfine/caster)

3½ oz (100g) of runny honey

The finely grated zest of 1 orange

9oz (250g) of shelled hazelnuts

9oz (250g) of shelled pistachio nuts (not salted!)

1 lemon cut in half


Line a cookie sheet with foil and place 2 or three sheets of rice paper on it, next to one another.

In a heavy pan (preferably cast iron) gently heat the honey and sugar together until all the sugar has melted, then bring it to a boil and cook until the sugar becomes a light golden brown. Take it off the heat.

Add the orange zest and stir it for a minute with a wooden spoon then add the hazelnuts and pistachios, and stir until all the nuts are coated with syrup.

Pour this mixture onto the rice paper and use the lemon halves as spatulas to spread the mixture out to about 1 inch (2.5cm) thick. (The lemon will not stick, unlike a wooden or plastic spatula and it gives a lovely citrus-y tang to the finished toffee).

Allow it to cool completely before breaking it into pieces. It keeps well in an airtight container for about a week, not that you’ll be able to resist it for that long.


About edibletcetera

I'm passionate about food; I cook, photograph, eat...then writes about it in that order. I'm also an occasional restaurant critic and caterer; a former newspaper columnist; author; social media/marketing communications; world traveler; dog lover; skier...and wit, (according to those who know me).
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