Following a successful and encouraging first experience at making nougat (see Chocolate Almond Nougat Bites), I got cocky and decided to make nougat candy with a limited amount of add ins so that the nougat would really stand out as the main component. The nougat recipe I chose sounded especially promising because it had a good amount of honey in it, and pistachios and almonds would provide just the right richness and balance to the sweetness. However, once I started cooking, my attitude changed very quickly. Never have I ever hated a recipe as much as I hated this one. I was irritated and stressed by EVERY SINGLE step involved in making the nougat. At every step of the way, I was sure the final result would be failure. Somehow I pushed through, with each step getting more difficult and frustrating, and at the end of it all, somehow, miraculously, I had amazingly delicious little squares of Almond-Pistachio Vanilla Nougat Candy. I don’t know how that happened, but one thing I know for certain is that I will never ever ever never ever never never make this recipe again. So, you will not find the recipe below, but enjoy the photo.
The bane of my existence, but oh so delicious.