So they must have toasted nuts, pistachios and almonds top of the list, but also hazelnuts once the candy took hold in Europe and macadamia nuts once the recipe reached the Pacific islands. Some old and foreign recipes call for dried fruits, figs, and dates. So pretty much anything goes. Heck do whatever you want. Add rum if you like.
Chef John again.
All those suggestions and nobody recommended pecans or peanuts. Although I noticed a recipe that had a peanut butter flavored layer.
My favorite candy in the third grade was Bonomo’s Turkish taffy. Because it lasted the longest of all of them. More minutes of candy enjoyment for my candy dime. Turns out it is neither Turkish nor taffy. It’s nougat, beaten egg white cooked with sugar syrup that is caramelized and then baked. Those came in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and banana flavors.
Then we moved overseas and my world of candy was doubled. I could still get my favorites on base while also exploring the outer alien world of candy. They were big on adorably cute containers and candy dispensers, and confections made from beans. WTH?
We discovered some Japanese candy wrapped with the usual plastic wrapper with twisted ends then doubly wrapped with another layer of thin translucent white dusty paper stuck to the candy that dissolves in your mouth and we were all, “Oh man, this is brilliant! Ew, these clever Japanese think of everything.” What a great touch.
The rice paper is not the same rice paper that is used for calligraphy and for crafts, and it is not the rice paper that is used for spring roll wrappers. Those are different. They're thicker. This is thin and it dissolves instantly in your mouth, like a corn starch coating. Except paper.
This stuff here on Amazon, turn off your ad block and use Lem's magical portal, is 8” x 11,” $18.00 for 100 sheets, so 18¢ each, or ¢32 to coat the top and bottom of your pan. But then what will you do with the remaining 98 sheets? I don’t know. Make 49 more batches I suppose. You’ll think of something. Come on.
Oh wow. They have a 15% off coupon. I already ordered mine. Just click the box and the coupon applies. What a great idea to do this with someone else to share the toil of stirring so long and share the joy of torrone. This is going to be fun.
I just learned from Halloween that one of my nephews is allergic to nuts. What a bummer! His torrone will have to contain other things.