Nougat is a sweet made with honey and almonds that has changed very little since ancient times. The nougat we know today is the Montelimar variety, in which egg whites are added to the basic recipe for a lighter texture. Here is a simplified version.
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Last modified on: June 19th 2013

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Stage 1 - 15 min.
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Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).

Spread 200 g whole almonds out on a baking sheet and 200 g whole almonds on another.

Take the pistachios out of the oven after 10 minutes and the almonds after 15 minutes.

Stage 2
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Pour 400 g caster sugar, 400 g honey and 100 g water into a pan.

Put on medium heat.

Stage 3
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Check the temperature as it rises (use a electronic thermometer), until it reaches 150°C (302°F).

Stage 4 - 20 min.
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The honey will cause the mixture to froth. Watch it carefully as it tends to boil over.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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When the mixture reaches 145°C (293°F), begin beating 70 g egg white, adding 20 g caster sugar halfway through.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
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As soon as the sugar mixture reaches 150°C (302°F), slow down the mixer and slowly pour the liquid into the beaten egg whites so that it is evenly mixed in.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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Leave the beater running for another 5 minutes to give the egg-white mixture time to cool down a little.

Note: In effect you are making italian meringue with honey. You will see what a beautiful ivory colour this gives.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
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Change beaters: replace the whisk attachment with the flat beater or paddle ("K" beater for Kenwood) as the next stage requires more force.

Stage 9 - 5 min.
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Set the food processor going again on slow speed, then tip in the mixed almonds and pistachios a few at a time.

Stage 10 - 5 min.
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Leave to mix thoroughly...

Stage 11 - 3 min.
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...then scoop out half the nougat onto a sheet of rice paper.

Stage 12 - 5 min.
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Place a second sheet of rice paper on top and roll, using a rolling pin (you can put blocks on either side to keep the thickness even; here I'm using 2 steel rules).

Stage 13 - 10 min.
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Cut the nougat into strips...

Stage 14 - 20 min.
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...then into blocks of whatever size you like.

Do the same for the remaining nougat.

You nougat is ready to be enjoyed.
If you would like your nougat very white, like the commercially-produced version, replace half the honey with a mixture of sugar and glucose syrup in equal quantities.
Several weeks in a tin.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
6,542 Kcal or 27,390 Kj70 gr478 gr484 gr
327 %27 %45 %73 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
493 Kcal or 2,064 Kj5 gr36 gr36 gr
25 %2 %3 %6 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Nuts, Egg
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  • For 900 g : 18.89 €

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From the Internet, but with my personnal adaptations.
This recipe uses (among others)
HoneyHoney: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Hazelnut and orange cake, Confit Victoria pineapple with honey and spices, Panettone, Chocolate madeleines, Cranachan, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Old style brioche, Fruit paste : Blackcurrant, Cherry clafoutis, Tiramisu, Tarte Normande, ... All
Whole almondsWhole almonds: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Chinese style chicken, X-Files cookies, Red cabage salad with toasted almonds, Moist cereal bars, Praline, ... All
PistachiosPistachios: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Chocolate thins with toasted nuts, Pistachio shortbread biscuits, Pistachio cake, Pistachio panna cotta with custard, Crisp apricot and pistachio tart, ... All
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  • I can't remember the last time I had Nougat, jh. It looks so good I wish I could have just a small sample:)

    Thank you so much for sharing...Hope all is well with you and yours, Louise
    Posted by Louise june 19th 2013 at 20:52 (n° 1)
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