September 13, 2010

Nougat


Yes, the Speeding Turtle lives.
She comes bearing gifts!  Here, have some sweetness - nougat.


Recipe Adapted From: The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts
A strong, standing electric mixer and a candy thermometer are required for this recipe.
Ingredients



640g nuts (suggested 280g almonds, 160g hazelnuts, 160g walnuts and 40g pistachios)
2 large eggs
280g honey
240g corn syrup
600g sugar
75mL cold water
Cornflour for dusting


Method
1. Toast the nuts.
If you are doing it in an oven, preheat the oven to 93 degrees C.  Combine nuts on a sheet pan.  Toast in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, turning frequently, until the nuts are nicely coloured and aromatic.
Alternatively, toast the nuts using a frypan.  Combine nuts in the frypan and heat, mixing frequently.



I used hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts - all unblanched (they still had their brown skins on).

2. While the nuts are toasting, prepare the rest of the nougat.  If the nuts finish toasting before the base is done, keep them warm by either opening the oven door (if toasted in the oven) or re-warming the nuts a bit when you are whipping the egg whites.
Separate the two eggs and place the egg whites into the bowl of your mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment.  You don't need the yolks.

3. Set up two heavy based saucepans on your stove.
In one saucepan, combine the honey with 40g of the corn syrup in a small, heavy based saucepan over low heat.  Bring to a boil.


At the same time, combine the remaining corn syrup with the sugar and the cold water and bring to a boil.


4. As soon as the honey mixture comes to the boil, begin whipping the egg whites.  When the honey mixture reaches 130 degrees C (266 degrees F) on a candy thermometer, pour it over the whipping egg whites.


5. Continue whipping the egg whites.  When the sugar mixture has reached 139 degrees C (282 degrees F) on the candy thermometer, pour it over the whipping egg whites.


6. When the meringue begins to stiffen, stop the mixer.  Remove the whip attachment and replace with K beater/paddle attachment.  With the speed on low, add the nuts, beating until just blended.

7. Place a silicone liner on a flat work surface and dust it with corn flour.  Do this quickly, so you can roll the nougat out while it's still hot.


8. Pour the hot nougat out onto the liner and roughly spread it out a bit.


Dust the top of the nougat with corn flour and place another silicone liner on the top.  Using a rolling pin and your hands, flatten the nougat out.  


Now, the French pastry book said to roll it to a 1.3cm thickness, but dude, that's super thin.  So I made mine a bit thicker.



9. Allow the nougat to cool and then, using a sharp knife, cut the nougat into small squares.



Eat and enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. that's fairly awesome! I never would have thought about making nougat at home, but I always buy it as a present for my mom. Unfortunately I don't have the candy thermometer, stand mixer or silicone mats, but I'll definitely bookmark this for future reference.

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  2. Thanks Sarah! I hope you get a chance to make it one day - it is always interesting to recreate something that you usually see in shops.

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  3. Your nougat looks great! A 'nougat connoisseur' will tell you that it's all about the texture - so, what was yours like - soft? brittle? chewy?

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  4. Thanks Allie! This nougat was chewy, with the crunch of the nuts. Definitely not brittle.

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  5. I really need to buy a candy thermometer! This is so bookmarked. :)

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  6. Good luck for when you make it! The candy thermometer is definitely a positive addition to a kitchen.

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