Deliciously festive, chewy white nougatloaded with whole almonds, pistachios and chopped dried cherries.
Recipe: Sicilian Nougat
3/4 granulated sugar 2 tablespoons water 2/3 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup egg whites (about 4 large) at room temperature2 cups light corn syrup 2 cups granulated sugar4 tablespoons butter, cut into small chunks 2 cup whole blanched almonds 1 cup pistachio nuts, shelled and skinned 1 cup chopped dried cherries
Pick a dry day for this recipe. Blendthe 3/4 cup sugar, the 2 tablespoons water and the 2/3 cup lightcorn syrup in a heavy two-quart saucepan until mixture boils.Cover and cook about 3 minutes until the steam has washed downany crystals which may have formed on the sides of the pan. Cookuncovered over medium heat, without stirring, to the soft-ballstage, 234°F (110°C). Remove pan from heat and let standwhile you beat the egg whites in a stand-up mixer until verystiff.
Add the hot syrup gradually to the whites,continuing to beat at least five minutes until the mass thickens.Blend the 2 cups corn syrup and 2 cups sugar in a heavy 2 quartpan and stir over low heat to boiling point. Cover again for3 minutes, then uncover and boil rapidly, without stirring, tojust under the hard-crack stage, about 285°F (140°C).Remove from heat and let stand until syrup stops bubbling. Nowpour the second mixture into the first and beat until well combined.
Beat in the butter, and add the almonds,pistachio nuts and chopped cherries. Pour into a half sheet panlined with parchment paper or dusted with confectioners’ sugarand allow to stand for twelve hours. If hard to remove from pan,release sides with a knife. Then hold bottom of pan briefly overheat and reverse the block onto a board for slicing. Slice into1/2-inch squares. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store at roomtemperature.
Makes a 100 pieces.
Recipe provided courtesy of The Sugar Association,Inc.
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