Valentine's Day

Strawberry Layered Nougat

February  4, 2019
3 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Makes 9x9-inch pan
Author Notes

Candy-making isn't my strongest ability, which is just one of the many reasons why I love nougat. It's easy to make in a variety of ways: short ingredient list and requires only a few pieces of equipment (small pot, an electric mixer with a whip attachment, a working thermometer, and a 9x9 baking pan). Sugar syrup is cooked to the proper temperature, then poured into whipping egg whites. The whites and syrup whip up to together for a fluffy result that's somewhere between meringue and marshmallow. It's firm enough to slice once it's set, but soft enough that it's melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Best of all, you can easily add other ingredients to create different flavors - which makes it perfect for layering to make different combos. It makes a perfect treat for the candy lover in your life (especially if it's yourself). —Erin Jeanne McDowell

What You'll Need
  • 3 large (106 g) egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups (248 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (104 g) corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup (56 g) water
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  1. Grease a 9x9 with nonstick spray (you can use an 8x8 pan too, the nougat will just be thicker). Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment.
  2. Stir the sugar, corn syrup, water, and vanilla bean and its seeds together to combine. Place the pot over medium heat. Stir a few times just to ensure its combined. Once it starts to simmer, stop stirring. (If any sugar has washed up on the sides of the pot, use a pastry brush dipped in water to wash it back into the pot.)
  3. Cook the mixture until it reads 235°F on a thermometer. When it does, start whipping the egg whites in the mixer on medium speed. Continue to cook the sugar syrup to 260°F, then add it to the egg whites in a slow, steady stream.
  4. Once all of the syrup is added, whip for 4 minutes.
  5. Pour into the prepared pan, and smooth into an even layer (I like to grease a small offset spatula with nonstick spray to make the spreading easier). Let cool/set for 3 hours, or up to overnight.
  6. Prepare the second flavor of nougat as directed above. Pour on top of the first layer and smooth into an even layer. Let sit for at least 3 hours, or up to overnight.
  7. Cut into 1x2 inch pieces and wrap in wax paper or cellophane. The pieces will keep for up to 3 months.
    Chocolate Nougat: Melt 4 ounces (113 g) unsweetened chocolate, and let cool slightly. Stir in 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract (and omit the vanilla bean). Add at the end of step 4, along with ¼ cup (28 g) powdered sugar, whipping just until it’s incorporated – do not overmix.
    Peanut Butter Nougat: Omit the vanilla bean. Add 8 ounces (226 g) smooth peanut butter, 1/3 cup (37 g) powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract at the end of step 4, whipping just until it’s incorporated – do not overmix.
    Strawberry Nougat: Pulse 1 ½ ounces (35 g) freeze dried strawberries and ¼ cup (28 g) powdered sugar in a food processor until they form a fine powder. Add this mixture at the end of step 4, whipping just until it’s incorporated – do not overmix. (I like to leave the vanilla bean in!)

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2 Reviews

Andrea February 13, 2019
The vanilla bean nougat came together like a dream! So light and fluffy! I have just failed for the second time on the chocolate nougat. Each time comes together until I add the chocolate. Then it deflates and goes runny. It is the most delicious mistake I have make, but any ideas on what I am doing wrong?
Andrea February 14, 2019
Follow up: I let the vanilla bean dry out over night- all was well. I then covered the container with plastic because I had to go to work. I got home failed at my second attempt for chocolate nougat (see above) and cut my vanilla nougat. What I ended up with tastes like and is the consistency of marshmallow fluff. Tastes amazing, but not at all what I was hoping for. I'm guess it all went wrong when I covered it in plastic?!