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Assemble Your Ingredients
This basic nougat recipe produces a chewy, sweet confection studded with three kinds of crunchy nuts and delicately scented with extracts and orange blossom water.
This recipe requires careful timing, so be sure to have read the instructions carefully and have all of your ingredients prepared before beginning. It is best to make nougat on a clear day with low humidity. For easily printable instructions, please refer to the Almond Honey Nougat recipe. To begin, assemble your ingredients and... supplies:
- 3/4 cup whole hazelnuts, toasted
- 3/4 cup whole almonds, toasted
- 3/4 cup whole pistachios, toasted
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 egg whites, room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter
- 1 tsp orange blossom water* (see note)
- edible rice paper* (see note)
- candy thermometer
- 9x13 pan
- Large stand mixer with whisk attachment
This recipe also calls for edible rice paper, also known as wafer paper. The rice paper helps prevent the nougat from sticking to everything and makes it easier to cut, serve, and store the candy. It can often be found in Asian food markets and in some gourmet stores, or purchased online. Sugarcraft carries rice paper, and I have had good luck buying it on ebay for a low cost. (Note that edible rice paper is not the same as thin rice paper wrappers intended for spring rolls). If you cannot find any, line your pan with parchment paper or foil and spray it thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Boil the Sugar Syrup
Place the sugar, corn syrup, honey and water in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves, then use a wet pastry brush to wipe down the sides of the saucepan to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Insert a candy thermometer and continue to cook the syrup, without stirring, until the candy thermometer reads 252 degrees.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Whip the Egg WhitesWhen the sugar syrup is nearing the proper temperature, begin to beat the egg whites until they are opaque with firm, stiff peaks. Try to time the beating so that the stiff peaks stage coincides with the proper temperature of the syrup. If the egg whites are ready before the syrup, stop the mixer so that they are not overbeaten and crumbly.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Pour Some of the Syrup Into the WhitesOnce the sugar syrup is at 252, carefully remove 1/4 cup of syrup and keep the rest of the syrup on the heat. With the mixer running, slowly pour the hot 1/4 cup of syrup in a thin, steady stream into the egg whites. Beat the whites at high speed for five minutes until they hold firm peaks.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Boil the Syrup to 315 DegreesWhile the egg whites are being beaten, continue to cook the rest of the sugar syrup until the thermometer reads 315 degrees. Monitor the syrup carefully, as it can quickly overheat and burn near the end of the cooking process.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Pour the Rest of the Syrup Into the Egg Whites1.Once the syrup reaches 315 degrees, remove the pan from the heat. If you have a large heat-safe measuring cup with a spout, pour the sugar syrup into the cup to make it easier to pour into the mixer. If not, be sure to be very cautious when working with such hot liquids. With the mixer running, pour the hot syrup slowly into the egg whites.
2.Beat the whites on high for an additional five minutes, or until they hold the mixture is glossy and a thick ribbon forms when the whisk is lifted from... the bowl.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Add Flavoring and Nuts1.Stop the mixer and add the vanilla extract, almond extract, orange blossom water, salt, and butter. Turn the mixer back on for an additional five minutes or until a thick ribbon forms when the whisk is lifted from the bowl.
2.Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the nuts by hand.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Scrape the Nougat Into the Pan1. Prepare your 9x13 pan by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray and lining the bottom with rice paper. If you don't have rice paper, line the pan with parchment paper or foil and spray it thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray.
2.Scrape the nougat into the prepared pan. It will be stiff! Use a rubber spatula to scrape the candy from the sides of the bowl. Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray and press the candy into a thin, even layer.
3.Place an additional layer of rice paper on... top of the nougat to cover it entirely. If you do not have rice paper, skip steps 3 and 4.
4.If your nougat is covered with rice paper, you can weigh it down to compress the nougat evenly. Place a second 9x13 pan on top of your nougat, and place a large book or other heavy object in the pan to weigh it down and provide even compression. Allow the nougat to set overnight.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Cut the NougatWhen you are ready to cut the nougat, spray a knife with nonstick cooking spray and run it along the edges of the pan to loosen the candy. Turn the nougat out onto a cutting board. Using a knife sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, cut the nougat into small squares or rectangles.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Your Nougat is FinishedYour nougat is now ready to eat! If you will not be serving it immediately, it is a good idea to wrap the pieces in waxed paper so that they do not spread and stick together. Store the nougat in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.