||Syros Island Nougat
1 c Roasted pistachios + almonds
2 c Sugar
1 c Corn syrup
1 c Honey
1/2 ts Cream of tartar
3 Egg whites
1/4 ts Salt
1 ts Vanilla
1/4 c Oil for pan
Cornstarch (or see note)
Note: Sweet rice flour or thin rice wafers may be used instead of
cornstarch to line pan.
Roast nuts on shallow pan in preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 10
Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and cream of tartar in a deep sauce
pot. Stir gently over medium heat until sugar dissolves and bring to a
boil. After it comes to a boil, cover pot for 5 minutes, then wash down
sides of pot with a clean brush to remove sugar crystals. Continue
cooking on medium-high heat to 272 degrees F on a jelly thermometer.
Remove from heat.
In a separate pot heat honey to boil.
Whip egg whites and salt until stiff and dry using a heavy electric
mixer and large bowl. Add a small amount of honey at first in a thin
stream, very slowly. Beat in vanilla and continue adding remaining honey
and then syrup. Beat until batch thickens and the beater slows down. Add
nuts and blend in.
Oil a long shallow pan. Sift a thick layer of cornstarch or sweet
rice flour over it or lay rice wafers over bottom. Pour out the nougat.
Dust top with more rice flour or thin rice wafers and let stand overnight
to set. Cut into rectangular pieces about 3/4" by 1" and wrap
individually in heavy waxed paper.
From: "The Complete Greek Cook Book" by Theresa Karas Yianilos. Avenel
Books, New York.
Typed for you by Karen Mintzias