Nougat is a Middle Eastern sweet made out of pistachios and flavored with rose water.
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
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.