Soft and Chewy Treats – An Introduction to Nougat, With an Easy Recipe to Wow Your Kids
I do not know if you are like me, but when I think about what candies to buy next, I tend to remember the ones I usually leave until last to eat. These are the ones I like to savor when I only have one or two left left. It does depend on what the variety of candies is like to start with, but generally I make sure that I always get a mixture with soft nougat in, and, as these offer my moment of bliss, I leave them until last.
There is something special about nougat. I think it must be the amazing texture and feel in the mouth. As far as I’m concerned there is nothing to compete with it for that super mouth-watering effect, and the chewy feeling as you roll it around in your mouth trying to get that last ounce of flavor and smoothness that only the nougat can give . They are soft and chewy treasures that are extremely irresistible!
Nougat is also perfect for adding fruits and nuts to it. This enhancements the visual appeal of the candy, and for some reason never tenders to smother the taste of what you add to it, in fact it improves it. If you can imagine the taste of nougat with bits of your favorite fruit or nut inside, such as pistachios, it does not get you dashing down to your candy store, because you’ve just remembered how long it’s been since you last tasted some !
If you do not have a candy store near-by, why not make some at home, and maybe there will even be some left over for others in the family.
Before you can start candy making you need to have certain utensils and equipment ready at hand. You need a baking pan, foil, a 4 pint saucepan, a candy thermometer, an electric mixer, a wooden spoon, knife and some clear plastic wrap.
The ingredients required are as follows: 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, 1 cup of light corn syrup, c cup water, 2 egg whites, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 cup of pistachio nuts, or flaked almonds, or any fruit or nut of your choice, butter and extra cornstarch.
- Line the baking tray with foil, and make sure to leave about an inch of foil over the sides of the pan. Spread butter on the foam and sprinkle it lightly with the spare cornstarch.
- Secure the candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan. Mix the sugar and the cornstarch together in the saucepan, then add the corn syrup and the water. Mix all the ingredients altogether.
- Cook the mixture on a medium-high heat until it boils. Stir it often and make sure all of the sugar dissolves. Continue heating the mixture and keep checking the candy thermometer. When it reaches 286 degrees.F remove the mixture from the heat.
- Put the egg whites into the mixing bowl, and beat / whisk them on medium speed until they form stiff peaks. Put the mixer on a medium / high speed and then pour in the hot mixture slowly, little at a time, over the egg whites. You can now add the vanilla and beat until well blended. Continue blending until the mixture becomes thick and is no longer glossy.
- Finally, mix in your choice of fruit or nuts, and pour the mixture onto the baking tray. Score the nougat into rectangles while it is still warm. Once the candy has cooled and set, lift it from the tray using the sides of the foil, then cut the nougat into pieces along the score lines you made earlier. Wrap the individual nougat in plastic and they are ready to serve.
This soft nougat recipe makes it so easy to produce such delectable, scrumptious and colorful candies, that you will wonder why you had not thought of making them before. The variety of different flavored nougat you can make is huge. You could even add the favorite fruit or nut of each member of your family, and give them all a wonderful surprise.
There are few foods which get the same reactions as kids eating sweets such as these, so do not delay make some today, and remember to have your camera ready to record the happy expressions on their faces!