Lockdown 2.0 was not totally unexpected but it still didn’t make the announcement any easier. In the run up to Christmas everyone has so much organised and no doubt we all had to cancel things that we’d been looking forward to for months. I’d actually got some things pencilled in that were the ‘light at the end of the first lockdown tunnel’ – inc. a spa weekend with my mum and celebrating G and I’s 6-year anniversary. Anyway, I suppose the main thing is that hopefully these further measures will keep us all safe and is in the interest of everyone’s health. To keep my spirits up I decided to make a ‘lockdown bucket list’ of things to fill my weekends. Making almond & vanilla nougat was one of the first things on there…
I’m not really sure why I picked out nougat as something I desperately wanted to make, I’ve never really eaten much of it before. However, I always imagine it being delicious as I have a super sweet tooth. Also, because we are now in the run up to Christmas I felt like it would be something festive to make. My other top favourite festive bake is ‘Salted Caramel Yule Log’ – and I promise you won’t regret making it.
I suppose the other reason I fancied making almond & vanilla nougat was because I’m always making banana bread and thought it would be fun to try something a little different!
Other things on my bucket list included playing a game of Monopoly, having a cocktail night, making macarons, doing an ab workout, reading a book and writing all my Christmas cards…
I have to admit making almond & vanilla nougat was extremely satisfying, as once you combine the sugar syrup to the egg whites (as pictured above and below), it completely transforms into a glossy, thick and incredibly sticky mixture. It also must be noted that this recipe makes a LOT of nougat so I’d recommend making it for when you have friends around (G and I have a whole tub to get through…!)
The almond & vanilla flavouring make this pretty scrumptious though and can’t imagine who wouldn’t enjoy this. The addition of whole toasted almonds adds the ideal texture and crunch… and writing about this is making me think I may need to go and get another piece to munch on!
So, here’s the recipe for almond & vanilla nougat (adapted from The Spruce Eat’s page!) Hope you enjoy making this as much as I did. If you have any other recipes, flavours or ideas for this festive sweet treat, let me know in the comments below…
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