Pecan, almond and honey nougat

A few weeks ago I announced that the “I Made It” challenge for October would be nougat. This is something that I have always wanted to try, especially when I see images of perfect slabs of nougat in magazines and recipe books or fresh nougat bars in our local delis. So when Tandy over at Lavender and Lime asked me to host the challenge this month I knew this was my chance to challenge myself to master this classic sweet treat.

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Double chocolate almond meringues

I whipped these up a while ago when I found myself sitting with a few extra egg whites leftover from a batch of fresh pasta I had made. The perfect excuse to make meringues! Not just any meringues, no no… but an extra special version with dark chocolate and crunchy almonds. They were so delicious that I have made them several times since. Continue reading “Double chocolate almond meringues”

I Made It: The October Challenge

Yesterday I told you about my first attempt at cassoulet which I decided to make as part of the I Made It challenge for September. Well I’m thrilled to announce that Tandy over at Lavender and Lime has asked me to host October’s challenge! 

And so without further ado, the challenge for October is….. nougat! I am always inspired when I see images of gorgeous, perfectly cut nougat bars online and in glossy food magazines, but I never seem to get around to making it at home. I thought this would be a great recipe for the challenge as nougat lends itself to all sorts of variations. You can get creative and really have fun with this one! And I chose it because I’m guilty of having a sweet tooth and nougat is just, well, a little delicious. So who’s up for the challenge? Yep, I’m looking at you…

In order to take part there are a few simple rules:

– you must link back to this post
– you must link back to Lavender and Lime in your post
– you must include the I Made It widget (see below)
– the deadline is 31 October 2013

All righty, so we all have a month to work on our recipes! Please join me on this sticky adventure as I try to master this sweet treat.  I can’t wait to hear how you’re getting on, so please do get in touch (don’t forget to tweet those pictures too) and let me know how your nougat recipe is coming along! Aaaaand go!

Chocolate cherry fudge

Fudge has always been one of those “hit or miss” recipes for me. I have made it many times and tried lots of different recipes, but I find that if I don’t boil it for exactly the right amount of time to the minute, the outdoor ambient temperature is not quite right or the stars are not aligned on that particular day then the stuff just does not set! Alright alright, I may have made those last two things up. My point is that making fudge the traditional way can be problematic. So, I decided to put together a foolproof “cheat” recipe. Straightforward, no sugar thermometer required and you will have a batch of tasty fudge ready in a snap.

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