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Malted Milk Chocolate Nougat

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Malted Milk Chocolate Nougat
(c) 2009 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Malted Milk Chocolate Nougat is a soft nougat with a slightly crumbly texture and a delicious chocolate malt flavor. This candy is great by itself, but becomes even more indulgent when dipped either partially or completely in chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/3 cup malted milk powder (chocolate or original flavor)
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Preparation:

1. Prepare an 8x8 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Place the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and stir until then sugar dissolves. Brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming, then insert a candy thermometer. Cook without stirring until the temperature reaches 260 degrees. While you wait for the correct temperature, proceed to prepare the rest of the recipe.

3. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Stir until completely smooth, then set aside to cool slightly.

4. Place the room temperature egg whites in the clean bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. When the syrup reaches 250 degrees, begin to beat the egg whites on medium speed.

5. Once the sugar syrup reaches 260 degrees, remove the pan from the heat. I recommend that you pour the hot syrup into a large measuring cup with a spout or small pitcher to make this next step easier.

6. Turn the mixer to high speed and slowly stream in the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl. Continue beating on high speed for about 5 minutes, until the egg whites are shiny, white, and stiff. Turn the mixer down and add the melted chocolate, salt, and malted milk powder. Mix until well-combined and smooth. Turn the mixer off and scrape down the sides of the bowl very well.

7. Scrape the nougat into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Allow it to cool at room temperature until completely set, then cut into small squares to serve. This nougat is also nice dipped partially or completely in chocolate. Store Malted Milk Chocolate Nougat in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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