Almond Nougat

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READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 12
YIELD: 12 pieces
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 12
  • 2
    cups sugar
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 14
    cup water
  • 2
    egg whites
  • 12
    teaspoon almond extract
  • red food coloring or green food coloring
  • 14
    cup soft butter or 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1
    cup toasted chopped almonds
  • 14
    cup chopped candied cherry
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DIRECTIONS

  • Mix first 4 ingredients in heavy saucepan.
  • Cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved.
  • Cook,without stirring, until a small amount of the mixture dropped in cold water forms a hard ball (250-f).
  • Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry, in large bowl of electric mixer.
  • Gradually beat in about one fourth (not more) of the syrup and continue beating until mixture holds its shape.
  • Cook remaining syrup until a small amount of mixture separates into hard and brittle threads when dropped in cold water (300-f) gradually beat into first mixture, and continue beating until the mixture begins to hold its shape.
  • Add flavoring and food coloring to tint a delicate shade.
  • Beat in butter; continue beating until very thick and satiny.
  • Stir in nuts and cherries.
  • Press into a buttered 8x8x2" pan, smoothing top.
  • Let stand until firm.
  • Turn out of pan, and cut in 1 1/2" by 1" pieces.
  • Wrap each piece individually in waxed paper.
  • For best flavor, store several days in a cool place before serving.
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