Pain aux Noix a Recipe for Walnut Bread
In Canada, walnuts are often dry, stale, and even at times rancid. In Provence (and many parts of France), walnut trees grow in the wild. In the Dordogne, you see orchards of sturdy walnut trees, which produce nuts the size of large golf balls. Once the shells are cracked open you will discover that walnuts (noix in French) are delicious.
A few years ago my friend Elspeth made me try Pain aux Noix from the monastery in Le Barroux. I didn’t understand—walnuts are nasty, why have bread with them? At least that was my experience in Canada. She insisted that I’ve never had a proper, fresh walnut, and if I did, I’d change my mind. She was right! French walnuts are amazing, meaty, sweet, gorgeous. So this is my attempt at recreating the best pain aux noix (walnut bread) I’ve ever had.
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