Chocolate and Caramel Nougat Bars
- 2 egg whites
- 1 3/4 cups unsweetened chocolate
- 1 1/2 cups whole almonds
- 1 1/2 cups pistachios
- 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons honey (from Provence)
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup glucose
- 1 cup cream
- Pinch baking soda
- 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons glucose
- 1 cup butter
- 4 cups tempered bittersweet chocolate
Whip egg whites to soft peaks. Melt chocolate. Toast the almonds and the pistachios and keep warm. Cook the honey to 166 degrees F (130 degrees C) in a copper pot. In another pot, cook the sugar, water, and glucose to 338 degrees F (170 degrees C). Gradually pour into the whipped egg whites, the honey then the sugar mixture. Let whip on high for 3 minutes then remove the whisk. Fold the melted and hot chocolate into the whites, followed by the warm nuts. Press into a frame that is 25 mm in thickness, and leave overnight to cool. Place a 5 mm frame directly on top of the frame that is around the nougat. Adhere the 2 frames with a little melted chocolate.
In a pot warm cream and baking soda. In a copper pot cook the sugar, water, and the glucose to 293 degrees F (145 degrees C). Deglaze the sugar, slowly, with the cream that was warmed with the baking soda. Re-cook together to 244 degrees F (118 degrees C) and finish by adding the butter that has been cut into small cubes. Pour over the nougat and let rest overnight.
Cut the nougat bars into the desired shape and dip in tempered chocolate. Serve at room temperature.
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Recipe courtesy Andrew Shotts; Executive Pasty Chef Garrison Confections