Wednesday, January 9, 2013
When I was in Turkey this past September I managed to make to to my favorite place to buy Turkish Delight. These are not the tourist stuff sold at airports and in souvenir shops.
This is true gourmet Turkish candy is so many colors, flavors and textures, it made my head spin.
I discovered this shop on my trip to Istanbul before this one a few years ago. Located by the gorgeous Blue Mosque, I managed to make my way back there from memory. So glad I did. They had the best sample platter ever.
I purchased several boxes of treats to bring back for myself, family and friends and also some good Turkish coffee.
Sadly, those empty boxes have long since been thrown in the trash but something clicked recently when I saw this gorgeous post at Adventures in Cooking. It reminded me of all those delicious treats. So in my quest to use up all those bits and pieces left over from the holidays, I decided to try her recipe for nougat.
I'm glad I did because, the candy came out so tasty I had a hard time not eating the whole batch myself.
Keeping with the Turkey theme, I used leftover apricot seeds I had bought there and paired them with a half bag of golden raisins. I still needed a bit more volume to my add ins so in went some leftover chopped dates and a bit of regular raisins. In addition to orange extract, I also added a few dabs of copper paste food coloring (I was shockingly out of orange) because the nougat evenutally whips up an almost white color.
This recipe is easy and so versatile. The combinations of add ins are unlimited. However, it takes a bit of time to make. I was afraid at one point I would burn out the mixer on my Kitchenaid (whipping the sluggish nougat for 20 minutes!) But she plugged along and the result was light, fluffy and flavorful candy.
Mine came out probably a bit more sticky than desired, no fault of the recipe. To counteract that before I stored the cut nougat nuggets between layers of parchment paper, I brushed both sides lightly with powdered sugar.
Every time I take bite, I am dreaming of my next trip to Turkey.