Sunday, November 17, 2013

What is Nougat?

What is Nougat?
The word “nougat” is French and comes from the Old Provencal word “nogat”, meaning “nut cake”. Nougat is known to have been around since around the 9th century in Greece. However, it was unpopular sweet until the 17th century in France.
Nougat is a family of confectioneries made with sugar and/or honey, roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, and recently macadamia nuts are common), whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit. The consistency of nougat can range from soft and chewy to hard and crunchy, and it is used in a variety of candy bars and chocolates.
Learn about . . . There are three main types of nougat:
There are three basic kinds of nougat. The first, and most common, is white nougat, made with beaten egg whites and honey; it appeared in Cremona, Italy in the early 15th century and in Montélimar, France, in the 18th century. In other words it is ..
White nougat is made primarily from whipping egg whites, sugar, nuts (usually almonds, pistachios, or hazelnuts), and honey together.
The second is brown nougat ("mandorlato" in Italy and nougatine in French) which is made without egg whites and has a firmer, often crunchy texture.
The third is the Viennese or German nougat which is essentially a chocolate and nut (usually hazelnut) praline. German nougat, also known as “Viennese Nougat”, is generally made with only sugar, chocolate, and almonds.
How to Make Nougat . . .

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