Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Nougat

Nougat is one of my Dad's favourite treats except I've shied away from making it because it seemed difficult.  You need a sugar thermometer, the perfect timing, the right amount of beating and not to mention nougat is rather sticky!  But, I don't apologize for sharing this recipe; however finicky it may be.  In the end, it's very much worth the effort.

Ingredients
2 cups caster sugar
1 cup liquid glucose
1/2 cup honey
2 egg whites
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
125g unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
100g almonds, unblanched, (and toasted, if desired)
120g glacé cherries

Method

Prepare a 18 x 28cm baking dish by lining it with baking paper (or simply use a throw-away foil tin).  Put the sugar, glucose, honey, water and salt in a saucepan.  Stir over low heat until sugar is pretty much dissolved.  Bring to the boil and cook for around 8 minutes or until mixture reaches 122 degrees (or 225F) on a sugar thermometer.  Correct temperature is important for the mixture to set properly. 
Beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl with electric beaters until stiff peaks form.  Slowly pour 1/4 of the sugar mixture onto the egg whites in a thin stream and beat for up to 5 minutes, or until the mixture holds it shape.  Put the remaining syrup over the heat and cook for 2 minutes (watch that it doesn't burn) or until mixture reaches 157 degrees (315F) on a thermometer.  Pour slowly onto the meringue mixture with the beaters running and beat until the mixture is very thick. 
Add the vanilla and butter and beat for a further 5 minutes.  Stir in the almonds and cherries with a metal spoon.  Turn the mixture into the tin and smooth the top.  Refridgerate for at least 4 hours, or until firm.  TUrn onto chopping board and cut into pieces (using a hot knife may help).  Keep in fridgerator.  If you want softer nougat, leave your serving of nougat to sit at room temperature before eating.

33 comments:

  1. I've always been scared of it too - but I must try to make it one day.

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  2. Looks beautiful and delicious! I was never a fan of nougat until I had some in Greece this past summer that was scented with orange and studded with almonds. Now I dream of it!

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  3. I have to say that I have also shied away from making it but it is easy to buy in France, though not cheap, so maybe I have a small excuse LOL. Yours looks fantastic so maybe I will have a go at it one day soon. Diane

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  5. Il est vraiment beau ton nougat avec les morceaux de cerises... C'est vrai que le nougat ça demande beaucoup d'attention, mais c'est tellement bon:)

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  6. I am sure you made your Dad very happy. I have never made Nougat, but like it a lot. I would love to try a piece of yours.

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  7. Your dad is one lucky dad! I like Nougats too but I think that I do not have the patience to make one! Yours look really fabulous, wish I could have some!

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  8. I love nougat, both the soft kind and the hard kind, but I've never made it. I think that's soon going to change--yum!
    :)

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  9. Nougat is on my list of things to try. Yours looks great!

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  10. Can't tell you how many times I've bought the ingredients to make a batch of nougat for Hubby only to chicken out once I'm in the kitchen. Looks lovely though ... maybe I should give the idea another try!

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  11. I'm always a little afraid when I need to whip out my candy thermometer but this looks too delicious to pass up!

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  12. Bravo mon amie, un nougat très réussi.
    Il est délicieux.
    Je note ta recette.
    See soon.

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  13. Great challenge! You really did a great job! ^^

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  14. looks well worth the bother though... and I love nougat... one day when I get round to it i'll have to give it a go! thanks for the recipe and the challenge!

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  15. I am loving the nougat thing. I even been addicted to it. We were in Paris, Milan & Malta and I found that nougat is really famous.

    I can even eat it as my brekky §;-) a sugar addict, that's moi!

    TY for sharing the recipe. I will link your blog to mine so, I won't lose this recipe.

    Cheers Mate,
    /chie

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  16. I love nougat! All different flavors of nougat - vanilla, cherry and so on. Now how nice to have a recipe for making it. Thank you!

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  17. Oh YUM does that look good! I wish I had some right now - I love nougat:) Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Brittany, I love, love nougat! It is one of my favourite treats. I wish that I could zap this grogeous version out, Jetson style, out of the screen and onto a plate.

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  19. Bonjour Brittany - the nougat looks really scrummy - it's one of my favourite taste sensations.
    xx
    Dianne

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  20. I love nougat, especially those from Montelimar, I will have to try your recipe!

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  21. Lovely. I love Nougat and it's been on my todo list for a long time. It's the Spanish/Italian Torrone that I'm mostly fond of. Would you say liquid glucose is the same as what we call corn syrup here in the States?

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  22. wow this looks great! I'll have to try this recipe. I see a baking weekend coming up... :)

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  23. The first time I tried something like this was when I was a teenager living at home and I tried divinity which should be light and white, but mine were hard brown rocks. Wish I had a picture of it. Your nougat looks absolutely perfect. Here you have to calibrate your thermometer as we live way about sea level and water will boil 10-15 degrees less. Once you figure that out, a thermometer isn't bad!

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  24. Bonjour Brittany,
    I need to try this, I've never used a thermometer before so this is a good time to try. I made your Baked Rice Pudding and it was delicious. It will be a regular dessert from now on!
    Yes, the museum I posted about on the blog is gorgeous - very small and no crowds which is perfect!
    Boon chance on your new courses, how exciting for you.
    Bonne weekend,
    Mimi

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  25. Nougat!! Who would of thought. Thanks for posting this. Nougat is one of my very favorite treats. I have never made it but...I just might now. Thanks Brit!

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  26. I keep meaning to make nougat but have not done it yet. I think you have done a great job.

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  27. Very impressed with your nougat - it looks wonderful. I too keep shying away from giving this a go and anyway, I don't have a sugar thermometer ;-)

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  28. quel magnifique nougat, bravo !! il est superbe

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  29. I am AMAZED that you made this! I didn't even know there was a recipe for such a thing. I do remember really liking nougat candies when I was a kid. Thanks so much for the recipe. I am definitely going to try this.

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  30. The nuts and fruit are so pretty in there! I'm definitely the type who's willing to put in a lot of effort if the end result is this pretty and delish.

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  31. I love nougat but have never made it myself. Yours is beautiful! Lucky Dad!

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  32. Hats off to you Britanny. I attempted this once, and it will probably be a long time before I make it again ;o)
    Btw...I have a real weakness for excellent nougat.

    Ciao,
    Claudia

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  33. i love nougat!!! this looks delicious :)

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