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Video:Persian Pistachio Nougat

with Natasha Levitan

Nougat is a Middle Eastern sweet made out of pistachios and flavored with rose water. Learn how to make this yummy Persian pistachio nougat at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:Persian Pistachio Nougat

Hi, I'm Natasha Levitan for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make Persian pistachio nougat.

Persian Pistachio Nougat Ingredients

For this recipe, you'll need:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon rose water
  • 1 cup toasted pistachios

Beat the Egg Whites

Crack two eggs over a bowl, and separate the whites from the yolks by pouring the contents of the egg from one shell into another.

Keep the egg whites. Place egg whites in a large bowl of a stand mixer, and whisk until they hold stiff peaks.

Make the Sugar Mixture

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, and continue to cook until mixture reaches hard-ball stage (250 degrees).

Add the Mixture to the Egg Whites

When sugar syrup has reached 250 degrees, remove it from heat and slowly pour approximately one quarter of the mixture into the stiff egg whites, with the mixer running constantly.

Continue to beat the egg whites until the mixture holds its shape.

Add the Rose Water and Pistachios

Return the saucepan with the remaining sugar syrup to the stove, and continue to cook over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches 300 degrees (hard-crack stage).

With the mixer running, pour the remaining sugar syrup slowly into the egg mixture and continue beating until mixture is thick and stiff.

Add the rose water, and mix it together. Then fold in the nuts and stir until they're combined.

Set the Pistachio Nougat

Oil the bottom and sides of a baking pan. Spoon the nougat into the prepared pan, and press it smoothly and evenly.

Keep it in refrigerator until the nougat is set. Take it out of the mold and cut it into squares. Pistachio nougat is a lovely accompaniment to tea or coffee.

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