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Nuts and Seeds Torrones

Never in a million years would i think that i would attempt making something like this,

A chewy vanilla nougat of egg whites and sugar, holding together a medley of nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

Also known as Torrone, this candy can trace its origins to its Italian roots.I know i am being severely out of season here by making this right smack in the middle of April, because these holiday candies are usually served around Christmas.

 It’s okay though, these can be my personal Easter candies.

I came across a bakery selling these nougats a few months ago, and have been breaking the bank buying them regularly to get my sugar-nut fix. Despite that, i wasn’t anywhere near to attempting them as i have heard numerous sticky messes that these candies brought upon its creator. Especially if they came unarmed with edible wafer papers. 

You can’t really serve these torrones without its wafer clothing, cause they will never get out of the pan, and they will probably stick to any and every surface they meet.

Despite all those warnings, this unwafered creator was unwavered.

Actually, my turning point came when i received a bag of salted almonds. I cant think of anything better to use these almonds up. Moreover, what’s a few egg whites and sugar in comparison to the bank breaking nougats i have been buying for months anyways?

So i rolled up my sleeves and gathered my hair in a tight ponytail ( pls do this, the last thing you want is gooey egg whites getting in your hair) and braced myself for the rocky road ahead.

 

As mentioned, I couldn’t find any of the edible papers which traditionally cover the surfaces of the torrones. So, i’ve decided on a coat of white chocolate, melted and spread on a pre-greased and pre-lined tin.

You want to have the base of your lining with overhang too. Mine was stretched all the way to cover the walls of the tin. This makes the torrone to be pulled out easily.

Over the white chocolate, you pile on the cooked torrone complete with its nutty company.

I would gladly have taken pictures of the process of heating up the sugar and egg whites here. But really, the window of temperature at which the cooking sugar should be poured into the egg whites is so critical that i couldn’t really afford to have my attention diverted to my camera.

But i can at least show you my nuts (no pun intended), can i?

A jumble of confused salted almonds, pistaschios, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries all thrown together.

Next, you want to cut out a piece of parchment, the size of the tin base and spread some melted white chocolate on it.

By placing this facedown over your torrone, this will act as the top “clothing” layer.

You then chill the whole tin for a bit for the chocolate to harden, then you can peel you parchment like so

Lift the torrone by its overhang,

And cut into bars

That wasnt too bad was it?

Did i convince you yet?

So go on, make this Christmas favourite on Easter,

Nuts and Seeds Torrones

1/2 C sugar

1/4 C + 1.5 TBS Corn Syrup

1/4 C Water

Pinch of Salt

1 Egg White

1 TBS Vanilla extract

1.5 C of Mixed Seeds, Nuts, and Dried Fruits 

Some white chocolate, melted

Grease your tin (I used an 8×3 ) lightly with cooking oil and line the base of your tin with at least two of the sides extended (You will use this to pull out your torrone).

Melt some white chocolate and spread it over the pre-lined base

Combine sugar, corn syrup , water and salt in a saucepan, and cook over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, till sugar dissolves. Attach a candy thermometer at the side of the pan, and let the sugar boil away without stirring till it reaches a temperature of 315 F.

While waiting for the sugar to come to temperature, put the egg white in a clean bowl.

With an electric mixer, whisk your egg white on medium speed till it reaches a stiff peak but not dry consistency.

When the sugar reaches 315F ( I waited for the sugar temperature to reach 290 F before i started whisking my egg white. Whisked egg white which has been left too long will separate), pour  the sugar mixture into the egg white while whisking continuously.

Continue beating the mixture till it gets heavy and gloopy and the bowl gets cool to the touch. Beat in the vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl and pour in the nuts and seeds. Mix till well combined.

Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin with the chocolate base (Do this quickly, the egg whites hardens further as it cools). Spread the mixture evenly across the tin. Set aside.

Cut out a piece of parchment the exact same size as the base of the tin. Spread some melted white chocolate over it and place it face down into the tin, over the torrone.Press the parchment down making sure that every of the torrone surface makes contact with the chocolate.

Chill in the refrigerator till chocolate hardens. Lift up the torrone from the tin.

Cut into bars and enjoy!

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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  1. April 14, 2011 at 7:37 am

    looks like nougat. yummy ;)

  2. April 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

    My family absolutely loves torrone and I think they’d be amazed if I actually made it! Looks delicious!

  3. April 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Wow. Beautiful! And I love the white chocolate clothing.

  4. April 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    these are nougats, right? they look better than the ones i see at the mall. phew! didnt know that so much work involved to make a loaf of these delicious nougats!

  5. April 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    We are italian and torrone is a loved confection in my house. I am so excited to make some myself because it is quite expensive. I like that you have added seeds and dried fruit as well. Looks fantastic. Thank you!

  6. April 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Wow, beautiful candy. That white chocolate idea not only looks effective, I bet it makes the torrone doubly tasty.

  7. April 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    What a fascinating process! The nougat looks delightful. Can you tell that I’m a nuts in my food kind of person? I’ve never heard of edible paper (beyond Japanese Botan Rice Candy). Genius to use the white chocolate as “clothing.”

  8. April 15, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Wow, fantastic! This looks like a perfect treat!

  9. April 15, 2011 at 1:24 am

    wow! this looks like the expensive stuff they sell at high end supermarkets hehehe

  10. Jeanette
    April 15, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Your recipe calls for 1 egg white…yet in the instructions, you say beat the egg whites. Should there be 1 egg white?…or more?

    • crustabakes
      April 15, 2011 at 7:37 am

      Hi Jeanette,
      there should be one egg white only. Sorry about the confusion!

  11. April 16, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I think this is just as perfect for Easter as it is for Christmas! That was a good idea to use white chocolate for the coating. :)

  12. April 17, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Excellent choice of fillings in your nougat specially those cranberries, it will add some tangy taste on the already delicious mix

  13. April 18, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Thank you, thank you for this recipe. I can’t wait to try it! I fell in love and became addicted with nougat while in Italy. I ate it daily. Yea – so glad to try my own!

  14. April 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I have wanted to make this for 2 years now and still never have. I even have the wafer paper!!! Funny too because I have been thinking about it. Move over Christmas, here comes some Easter Torrrone. Well, it might have to be Mother’s Day Torrone or Memorial Day Torrone because no way I’ll get it done for Easter. But what ever holiday, it’s good on a cheese platter too!

  15. Luisa
    January 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Brilliant idea! i just finished eating my imported Christmas Torrone. The size of those torrone in those little boxes box get smaller and smaller each year.

  16. kissandrunblog
    December 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    i have some rice paper that is just waiting for some nougat but I absolutely am sold on the idea of using white chocolate the way you have shown, hope to try this soon. Thanks

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