Day 9: Tropical Nougat

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Day 9 of my 12 days of Christmas Cookies/Treats! What is nougat? It is a sweet confection, that is made with sugar, honey, roasted nuts,dried fruit, whipped egg whites. I ate my first nougat when I was little about 10 years old, on my first trip to the UK, when I was visiting my grandma and my mom’s family as in all my aunts and uncles. I loved the sweet, chewy texture, along with all the nuts and dried fruits. The Spanish have their version called Turron . Persians have their version too, called Gaz. Italian version is called torrone, and in France it is called nougat! It has to be oneof my favorite confections! I make sure to I buy a lot of nougat, whenever I am in visiting the UK, or any other country in the European nations.

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I love the texture of the edible rice paper on the outside,and you can purchase edible rice paper from here on Amazon. I adopted this recipe from Bon Appetit! I gave my nougat a tropical twist, inspired by my upbringing in Mumbai, where I grew up eating a lot of tropical fruits! Most of the Indian sweets have almonds, cashews, and pistachios, so I added a mixture of almonds and pistachios to my nougat. I also added dried fruit like mango, papaya, pineapple and candied ginger. Sprouts has an amazing variety of dried fruit, and they are really delicious! I also added a touch of cardamom bring it all together in this gooey, chewy confection! The flavors all work beautifully together and nougat makes a great gift to give! It is not hard to make – you are essentially making a meringue and then letting it set in a baking pan.

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Day 10 is one of my all-time favorite cookies, that I make during every single Christmas season and the preferred choice of cookie for Santa ;).




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