Almond Nougat (Egg-Free)

Nougat

This nougat is intensely sweet, nutty, delicious, and moreish. It’s simply too moreish to keep a whole batch in the house so I would recommend you make this when you have a gift-giving occasion!

I made this nougat as a further experiment with chickpea water after the success I had with Egg-Free Meringue. Of course, you could easily use egg whites if you prefer and the recipe below includes this option. I used the brine from two 125g cans of chickpeas. Each can yields approx 40g (or so) of chickpea water which is the same weight as one egg white.

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I’ve never made nougat before and I wasn’t sure if it would work with the chickpea water so I picked the most basic nougat recipe I could find. The results were delightfully successful and I am looking forward to trying some other flavours, such as Almond and Honey or Pistachio and Rosewater. What is your favourite type of nougat?

Almond Nougat (Egg-Free)

adapted from Taste

Nougat is surprisingly easy to make however care and attention is required. A sugar thermometer and a standing mixer are essential for this recipe

4 sheets edible rice paper
200g blanched almonds
560g (2.5 cups) sugar
80ml (1/3 cup) water
500g jar glucose syrup (or corn syrup)
~80g Chickpea water (or 2 eggs whites)
2 tsp vanilla

Roast the almonds in the oven preheated at 170C (350F) until lightly golden (about 7-10 minutes).
1
Line a 18 x 28 cm tray with baking paper; the paper should overhang the sides. Trim four pieces of rice paper to fit the tray. Place two of these on the bottom of the lined tray. The remaining two will be placed on top of the nougat.
2
Place the sugar, water, and glucose syrup (or corn syrup) in a medium saucepan and on a medium heat. Occasionally stir and brush down the sides of the saucepan with a wet pastry brush until the sugar dissolves. It takes a while (about 10 minutes but feels much longer)!

Place a sugar thermometer in the saucepan, increase the heat, and bring to the boil. Don’t stir.

When the sugar syrup reaches 120C (250F) start whisking the chickpea water (or egg whites) until firm peaks form.
3
Fill the kitchen sink with about 5cm of cold water. This will be used to stop the temperature in the sugar syrup from rising further from the desired temperature.

When the sugar syrup reaches the desired temperature (140C (285F) for a chewy nougat; 150C (300F) for a hard nougat) remove the saucepan from the heat and place the bottom of the saucepan in the cold water for about 5 seconds.

With the standing mixer on a medium speed, gently pour hot sugar syrup in a thin steady stream directly into the whipped firm peaks. Continue mixing until the mix looks thick and glossy. Add the vanilla and beat until just combined.

Stir the almonds by hand using a wooden spoon or spatula. Be careful as the sides of the bowl will be very hot but work quickly before the nougat sets.

Pour the nougat into the prepared pan and smooth it out using a clean spatula (it helps if the spatula has been dipped in hot water).
4
Place the remaining two pieces of rice paper on top and press down; smooth and even the nougat as best as possible.

5
Set aside to cool and set for approx 6 hours (I stored my nougat in the fridge).

Once set it may be cut. I found it quite difficult to cut so I simply scored a line down the short side and snapped it off before cutting the strip into smaller pieces.

Store in an air-tight container with the pieces separated by baking paper. Best stored in the fridge, especially if you live somewhere humid.

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20 thoughts on “Almond Nougat (Egg-Free)

  1. You would never be able to tell what’s inside this by looking at it. OMG it looks fantastic and I want some now. 🙂

      1. Taste was excellent. Temp was 140 exactly. Used to make nougat umpteen times but with egg whites. Now I won’t use that anymore.

      2. It took me a little practise to get the hang of sugar thermometers, in particular to be measuring the temperature of the sugar syrup and not the bottom of the saucepan. However if you’ve made nougat many times you would already know how to use them correctly! So I’m not sure what went wrong with your batch. I’ll make the nougat again to make sure the recipe is right! Thanks for reading and for the feedback!!

  2. I tried making this and it didn’t turn out. The glucose syrup separated from the chickpea eggehited. Do you know why this would happen?

    1. How disappointing! I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t work out for you.
      Perhaps the aquafaba wasn’t whisked enough, or maybe the glucose mix wasn’t the right temperature. I found sugarwork took a bit of practice to get right.

  3. I think you just made me dreams come true!!! This candy (which I know as turrón alicante) was traditionally only a Christmas treat in our family. But I haven’t had it in more than 10 years, since becoming vegan, and never thought I would again.

    Thing is, I’m in the U.S. and I’m not sure what glucose syrup is called here (if we even have an equivalent). We have corn syrup, but my Googling revealed that it’s not exactly the same.

    Any chance you could post a picture of your glucose syrup that shows the ingredients or anything it says about it that could be pertinent (like, % of glucose, maybe)?

    I’ve never made candy before so that’s a little daunting, but if I do attempt your recipe with corn syrup I’ll let you know how it turns out. : )

  4. Tried this out this evening, but I noticed that when whipping the chickpea water in the mixer it bubbled and slowly began to build up, but never close to the degree of the photo you showed. I began to mix in the sugar because it was up to temperature, but my nougat is currently almost clear whereas the last two photos you showed are almost white. It’s also worth noting I used corn syrup and substituted pecans. How long did you have to whisk the chickpea water to get it to froth like that, do you think I simply didn’t give it enough time? Do you have any insight and/or tips/tricks?

    1. Hi Jenna! Corn syrup and glucose syrup are the same thing, so that wouldn’t have made any difference to the outcome. From what you have written, I think it is likely that the chickpea water wasn’t whipped enough. Whenever I have whipped chickpea water it has always formed soft peaks fairly quickly; probably about the same amount of time as egg whites. I have always used the same brand of chickpeas – Edgell – perhaps there is a variation in the brands. I might try a different brand next time to see if there is a difference.
      I had a few failures with sugar work when I first started out; it takes a little practise. Please don’t be discouraged! Thanks for trying the recipe and sharing your experience!

  5. Hello! I’m so excited to try and make this for my boyfriend who has ALL THE ALLERGIES and has never tasted nougat before! (I’m hoping to use it to make homemade vegan Snickers and Mars Bars!) Are you able to provide the measurement for the amount of chickpea water in tablespoons/cups? Unfortunately, I don’t have a scale, and I want to make sure that I’m precise – I figure it’s better to ask the author of the recipe rather than just look up a converter online and potentially get it wrong. Thanks so much 🙂

    1. Hi Trista! My best guestimate would be that 80g of chickpea water would be equivalent to 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon. Best of luck; I would love to know how it works out for you! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Regards, Stephanie

  6. Hi – thanks a lot for the recipe!
    A question:
    I tried it a couple of times, doing basically the same thing (the same sugar temperature etc). One time it came out great, but other times in came out too liquid. It seems that after adding the hot syrup, the chickpea foam sort of collapse and become less firm and more liquid…What can cause this?
    Best,
    Daniel

    1. Hi Daniel!

      Perhaps try a few tricks which help with whipping egg whites:
      1. Wipe down the bowl and beater with white vinegar before you start. This is supposed to remove any residual fat/oil which may be left in the bowl.
      2. Add a pinch of cream of tartar to the whipped chickpea water before adding the sugar syrup. Cream of tartar may help to stabilise it.

      Thanks for making the recipe and sharing your experience! I hope this help. Thanks for visiting!

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