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Turrón blando


You'll need

For lining: confectioner’s rice paper 500 gm caster sugar 320 gm honey 4 eggwhites 1 pinch of cream of tartar 300 gm blanched almonds

Method

  • 01
  • Line a 22cm-diameter cake pan with baking paper, line with rice paper and set aside. Combine sugar, honey and 180ml water in a saucepan, stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Cook, brushing down sides of pan with a clean wet pastry brush, until syrup reaches 143C on a sugar thermometer (15-20 minutes).
  • 02
  • Whisk eggwhites and cream of tartar in an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. With motor running, carefully add sugar syrup. Whisk until mixture begins to firm (4-5 minutes), then replace whisk with a paddle and beat until cooled (4-5 minutes).
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Place almonds on an oven tray and bake until scorched (10-15 minutes). Add to eggwhite mixture, stir to combine, then spoon mixture into prepared pan and top with extra rice paper. Place a slightly smaller cake pan on top and press down gently to smooth top. Refrigerate until firm (1-2 hours) and serve cut into wedges. Turrón blando will keep in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Note Confectioner's rice paper (not to be confused with Vietnamese rice paper) is available from select delicatessens and specialty food stores.

This is our take on the Spanish artisanal turrón (soft nougat).

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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