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

For 900 g, you will need:

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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
1 hour 6 min.35 min.1 hour 41 min.
Keeping: Several weeks in a tin.
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Stage 1 - 15 min.
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Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).

Spread 1 cup whole almonds out on a baking sheet and 1 cup 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 1 ¾ cup caster sugar, 1 ¾ cup honey and ½ cup 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 13 cup egg white, adding 1 ½ tablespoon 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.

Nutritional information

% 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).

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From the Internet, but with my personnal adaptations.

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This recipe uses (among others)
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Blackcurrant, vanilla and lime verrine , Lemon Confectioner's Custard, Almond macaroon cake, Nantes Tourton, Cookies, ... All
HoneyHoney: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Yeast-based flaky dough (for croissants), Chocolate madeleines, Nonettes, Hazelnut and orange cake, Panettone, ... All
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PistachiosPistachios: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Mini apricot and pistachio brioches, Rice pudding with fruit and nuts, Chocolate Truffles, Moist cereal bars, Chocolate cereal bars, ... All

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