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Haselnusshörnchen Hazelnut Crescents with Spelt and Potato

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This German-style nut pastry (Haselnusshörnchen) can be found in almost every bakery in Germany. It's very easy to make this at home and the result is just as delicious. You can use either hazelnut or almond, or a combination of two. They are fantastic to serve at the breakfast or in the afternoon with a pot of freshly brewed coffee. I have found the recipe in a local weekly magazine (Neue Post) and just tweaked a bit based on our taste and pantry stock.

  • 300 g Potatoes
  • 60 g Butter
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, medium
  • 400 g White spelt flour
  • 15 g Baking powder
  • 135 g Ground hazelnut
  • 45 g Coconut sugar
  • 5 tbsp Coconut milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Icing sugar, to dust
  1. Cover the potatoes with water in a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover the pot with a lid and let simmer until fork-tender, about 25 minutes. Drain potatoes and cool to room-temperature. Chill the potatoes overnight. Peel and weigh 250 grams for the recipe.
  2. Whisk together the spelt flour and baking powder together. Use a potato press to press the potato into the flour mixture.
  3. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one by one, until combined. Add in flour-potato mixture. Mix until you have a firm and smooth dough. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Mix ground hazelnuts, coconut sugar, coconut milk and vanilla together until you have a thick paste. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Grease and line two baking trays with baking paper. Roll out the dough into a 40cm circle. Spread the prepared hazelnut paste evenly on the circle. Cut the circle into 12 triangles/wedges. Roll up each triangle from the wide end to form a crescent.
  5. Place them on the prepared baking trays. Bake in the middle of hot oven for about 30 minutes until lightly golden brown. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

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© 2021 |


Tom 21/9/21 01:38

...what a wonderful treat!

Brian 21/9/21 01:41

That looks very pretty and I can almost taste it!

babYpose 21/9/21 02:57

Wow, droolworthy, so delicious looking, sure taste amazing..

J.P. Alexander 21/9/21 03:15

Gracias por la receta, se ven tan ricos. De ley me animo hacerlos. Te mando un beso

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews 21/9/21 06:26

Potato and flour mixture? I would never have put the two together, but it looks and sounds delicious and I would definitely enjoy it with a combination of nutty flavours.

Thanks for sharing! :)

delphine 21/9/21 07:33

Hum cela doit être un délice

Bernadette 21/9/21 12:18

This is a good bit harder than I think I am capable of but it sure does look good.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 21/9/21 12:26

these are a work of art and look delicious

Ann 21/9/21 12:29

That looks yummy.


foodtravelandwine 21/9/21 14:09

I love German pastries!!....I remember when I went to Cologne, I was eating in every pastry shop!!...I can't wait to make them!!........Abrazotes, Marcela

Nancy Chan 21/9/21 14:44

Looks beautiful and yummy. I love hazelnuts.

[Reply] 21/9/21 14:57

These sound amazing! So pretty too! Love the butter quote :)

Noob Cook 21/9/21 15:49

They look great, they turn out so well under your experienced hands.

Lola Martínez 21/9/21 15:52

Con esos ingredientes debe tener un sabor único y el aspecto que presenta es de lo más atractivo. Para no dejar ni las migas.

Kitchen Riffs 21/9/21 16:19

Love pastry, and this looks superb. Really good job with this, and such an interesting recipe. Thanks!

Norma2 21/9/21 16:20

Angie, in Germany potatoes are often used in pastry. She makes a soft dough together with the wheat flour. It is used especially in sweet doughs made with fresh yeast.

David 21/9/21 17:21

Angie, We don't bake a lot and we've never used spelt flour or potatoes in any doughs we've made. I think that my choice would be almonds instead of hazelnuts. I'd have a better chance of finding gold in my back yard than I would finding German pastries here in East Tennessee. We had a great German deli with baked goods just a few blocks from us when we lived in Chicago. We miss the deli, but not the weather! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 21/9/21 18:24

These crescents are SO beautiful! I think I had these pastries once when I was a very little girl visiting one of my relatives with my Grandmother - I remember there were all sorts of delicious homemade German pastries and these stand out in my mind. Unfortunately my grandmother and the relatives I was visiting have all passed away, so I can't ask to confirm. BUT, I will be making these because A) they look absolutely amazing! and B) I'm hoping they will help me reminisce! Beautiful recipe, Angie! P.S. I think I'm going to do the combination of hazelnut and almond because that sounds SO SO good!

Cooking Julia 21/9/21 18:59

This is such a delicious treat!

Pam 21/9/21 21:02

I have a feeling I would eat way too many of these little beauties.

bill 21/9/21 21:03

Sound and look yummy.

DEZMOND 21/9/21 21:16

So unusual that is has potatoes in the dough even though it is sweet, and looks nice and fragrant. I used to put mashed potato in my fake vegetarian pork crackling scones (in which instead of the pork cracklings you use ground sesame and black pepper).

bread&salt 21/9/21 21:57

Ingredients are very rich. Looks great! I would like to taste it.

Raymund 22/9/21 01:39

Sounds like a treat Angie

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 22/9/21 02:50

It's quite interesting to see savoury ingredients like potatoes being used in sweet recipe. I've used potatoes for savoury dough, though, and I can tell it adds something extra to the dough texture (like softness.) Needless to say these crescents look fantastic!

Rose world 22/9/21 04:23

I wonder how it taste like. Bet your kitchen smell heavenly from the baking.

Nammi 22/9/21 04:24

looks yumm.. I have a friend who cant eat wheat products should recommend this to her.

savorthebest 22/9/21 05:16

This looks fantastic. I would love to have these with a cup of coffee for breakfast. I think a combination of the hazelnut and almond would be divine!


Angie what an interesting recipe and the crescents look so delicious. I love the idea of the potato pastry. I should give these a try. Thanks so much for such a great recipe. Best wishes, Pauline

Choclette 22/9/21 11:59

How very intriguing. I've used potatoes in yeast buns to make them softer, but this is another first for me. They sound delicious and look really pretty. Definitely want to give them a try.

Veronica Lee 22/9/21 12:02

Yummm! These look incredible!

The Velvet Runway 22/9/21 12:43

OMG! These look so delicious! Thank you for the recipe!
Julia x

MásQueRopa 22/9/21 16:02

Menuda delicia de pastel ❤️❤️

lea 22/9/21 20:54

Waw! Sono bellissimi!

Graciela Bacino 23/9/21 05:21

Una deliciosa tentación!
Me lo imagino con un rico café!
Gracias estimada Angie!

Javier 23/9/21 11:31

I would like one at the breakfast, another one in the afternoon and maybe one at night could be a good idea too

Marianela Beauty Tips 23/9/21 11:46

It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing that recipe.
I hope you'll visit my new post soon. Have a good day!

Jeff the Chef 23/9/21 16:02

Oh my gosh, yes! I would love these for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

speedy70 23/9/21 19:11

Grazie, che ricetta fantastica!!!!

The Yum List 24/9/21 12:24

These would be fabulous with a hot cup of tea.

tigerfish 29/9/21 03:14

I want them with my morning coffee. So breakfast it will be :)

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 6/10/21 00:13

I love German Pastries and breads. My husband is part German and enjoys them too. THey sound like such a great late afternoon pick-me-up treat to enjoy with tea or coffee. Thanks for sharing Angie!


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