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Get ready for festive season, learn make your own Spanish Turrón!

Turrón is what Spanish Christmas is all about! This confection (also known as “nougat”) is typically made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts. It’s shape can vary, but normally it is presented as a rectangular tablet.

turronIngredients

1 kg of (preferable Rosemary) Honey,
500 g sugar,
2 egg whites
1.500 g almonds
1 lemon
Instructions
1) Heat honey in a pot until you all water has evaporated. Add sugar and mix with a wooden spoon.
2) Stir egg whites until fluffy and add your mix of sugar and honey. Mix non-stop for about 8-12 minutes (we suggest you change hands, it can get tiring!) and after place on a slow heat so that the mixture begins to caramelise (colour should turn brown).
3) Add your almonds to the mix with some lemon zest (peel some lemon skin). Mix it all well and leave it cool for a couple of minutes.
4) Place the mixture in different wooden or metal moulds (containers) and cover with kitchen paper.
5) After 2 hours and a half your Turrón is ready! Once it is completely cold. To preserve your turrón you must place chunks of it in airtight containers.
SMALL STORY ABOUT THE HISTORY OF TURRÓN
“Originally named “terro” or “torro,” the origins of Turron can be traced back to the 11th century. Back then the Moor’s ruled Alicante, and their king was the emir Ali. Ali embraced the cultures of the world, and soon fell in love and was married to a Scandinavian princess named Ilda. Ilda loved Ali, but her melancholy heart longed for snow and climate that she grew up in.
The following Spring, the almond trees burst into bloom and the entire landscape was showered with petals from the white blooms. For that moment, even if just for an instance, Ilda felt at ease as the falling petals reminded her of the first snow. Seeing the joy in his wife’s eyes, the emir made it his mission to have the almond trees bloom all year long. The emir looked throughout his kingdom, and the solution was found in an unlikely source. A small bakery in Jijona, the birthplace of turron, had the idea to create a sweet confection made with the fruits of the almond tree. By crafting a sweet confection that could be enjoyed during the whole year, even Ilda could enjoy the pleasures of the spring blooms all year long.
Because Turrón was meant to remind us of the pleasures of the first blooms in spring, over time it came to be enjoyed as a winter tradition, when we needed to be reminded of Spring the most. In the 15th century, Turron became so popular that it was commonly referred to as dulce espanol (Spanish sweet). Today, the Holiday Season is not complete without sharing this delicacy with all your friends and family.
Enjoy your turrón and happy holidays!
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