Simple Yummy Nougatine

During one of our visits to France I discovered an addictive sweet biscuit called nougatine. It’s a wafer thin almond concoction eaten with coffee/tea or used as a decorative wafer when serving ice cream. Or if you are like me, and a real pig, you could munch your way through this addictive creation in one serving! No, I didn’t on this occasion as I made this batch for a friend. But believe me it’s SO delicious it took all my will power to restrain myself…

Nougatine

Nougatine

My first attempt to cook nougatine proved disastrous; cooking like gardening is all about using the right utensils for the job. I’d been told to use a flexible baking tray but as I did not have one of these I decided to use a standard ceramic dish lined with grease proof paper instead. Not a good idea – the paper stuck to the nougatine as if it were super-glue which I then had to meticulously pick off bit by bit.

During my next trip to France I invested in a proper flexible cooking tray which is made from a certain type of rubbery-plastic the name of which escapes me at the moment.

Nougatine

Ingredients
200gt caster sugar
150ml water
125gr sliced almonds

Method
Add the sugar and water to the saucepan and heat until the sugar has melted and forms a light syrup.
Spread almonds as evenly as possible on the shallow flexible non-stick cooking tray.

Flexible baking tray

Flexible baking tray

Spoon the hot sugar syrup carefully and as evenly as possible over the almonds.
Cook in oven at approx 165C until starting to brown and syrup mixture starts to bubble(approx 25mins).

Leave a few minutes to cool. Gently releasing the cooked nougatine form flexible try, slide on to cooling tray and cut (well try) into squares. I found this nigh on impossible to cut through the almonds – the edges are a little uneven!

Cut in to squares (sort of) and left to cool

Cut in to squares (sort of) and left to cool

ENJOY!

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40 responses to “Simple Yummy Nougatine

  1. Ok, so you know we are all going to go out now and look for flexible baking trays so that we can make this 😉

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  2. Lovely, the flat steel one’s would do i hope.

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  3. Sounds easy enough, I just haven´t yet seen a flat flexible tray. Will keep my eyes peeled for one. Thanks Carole, anything for my sweet tooth!

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  4. BEautiful, PiP!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe…I do love treats made with almonds…even almonds raw by themselves…so yummy and healthly. 🙂
    I love that you compare baking/cooking to gardening…so true…you need to have the right tools or implements. 🙂

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  5. Just one of France’s many “delices”!

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  6. Very tempting I will definately try this recipe. It looks simple enough even for me. I guess the tray is made of silicone. I have a silicone baking sheet so will use that.

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  7. Looks really delicious L)

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  8. It’s silicone. In portuguese “forma de silicone”, I never saw a flat tray.

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  9. Yummy! I bet these really get in your mouth, Pip. 🙂

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  10. Looks delish, PiP! I love almonds . . . and almond paste . . . and marzipan.

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  11. We have really good almonds here in Chile. Can’t wait to try this, but will have to search for the silicon tray. Fingers crossed!

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  12. Gosh those look delicious. I’ll try these sometime. I believe as simple as the recipe is, that a person could substitute or add other kinds of nuts or dried fruit. Oh my mind is reeling with possibilities. lol You have the best recipes. Thanks for sharing.. Yummy! 😆

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  13. Can’t wait to try this but I have no kitchen at present> will have to copy and paste for later date. x

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  14. looks like peanut brittle. yum

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  15. Very nice…like a very upscale peanut brittle. This is one I’mgoing to try 🙂

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  16. I am indeed like you and would eat the entire thing, only I would add layers of justification! Looks really really tasty, just my sort of weakness.

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  17. I am indeed like you as I would have eaten the entire batch. Except I would have added layers of justification as well! This is just my sort of weakness… mmmm.

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  18. Delicioso! 😉

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  19. I don’t think my cooking skills extend that far, but Miss O 1 might try it!

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