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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:32 am    Post subject: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Last night we went to my husbands sisters house. She had these people from italy there..who were visiting the US. They were from a town, in the same province as my mothers family came from. They were with these other people, that lived here, the older woman spoke broken english.

When we had dessert, my sis in law put out this stuff that I havent had in years. The woman made it. I have no idea what you call it.

Its like peanut brittle..only its almonds in burnt sugar..not really burned..but dark. I think you have to cook the sugar and work it.

What is the name of that? Anybody know?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Its called torrone/i and its exactly like peanut brittle. We make it every year along with some other treats that I just can't seem to get enough of. There are variations though. I will take a picture later today and post it to see if it's the same thing as you are talking about.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Torrone is white..well the kind I always had. I have bought it by the pound, cut off a huge block..and also boxed, in little individual boxes..Those had a thin wafer on top.

This isnt that..its burned sugar and almonds. I was trying to figure out where we got it. My mother didnt make it. I think they sold it at the italian bakery. This woman made hers.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:37 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

My mom's isn't white either..it looks almost identical to peanut brittle..but it has almonds and peanuts and some other nuts. Its held together with something clear and then she adds some sprinkles on it for color. She always called it torrone although I know that its not the traditional kind.

Perhaps its common to the Southern Italian provinces? Maybe someone else can help here..

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:49 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Ok.. I think I found it. Torrone is nugat.

This is the stuff. Man, is it good.

www.google.com/imgres?...image&cd=1
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:51 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Morning all.

I'm wondering if it's Mandorle Caramellate (Carmellized Almonds). Open link below for pic and recipe.

www.lerecensionidititt...llate.html

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:06 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Biff..the ingredients for that..look the same (lol I had to lookup how you say almonds in italian). I knew the other two things..water and sugar. The picture doesnt look like what I mean tho. It looks like the picture I posted. I found some recipes..some are those 3 ingredients..and others have those 3 plus either honey or karo syrup. I dont think the one the woman made had any honey, nor does the kind I have had in the past. It could have the karo syrup..which I think is used to thicken.

I came home last night..just dying for more of it..lol There arent even any italian bakeries in this God forsaken area that I live in..for me to run to, to see if they have any.

I couldnt believe some of my relatives, there last night..didnt know what it was.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Hi,
in Piedmont (NW Italy) at Christmas time, my grandmother used to prepare "il croccante" and my mother follows the tradition. I think it's known with this name all over Italy. It's melted sugar with either hazelnuts or almonds or whatever your imagination suggests. If you need details let me know and I will post them.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Was it like this?

croccante

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:49 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

OMG - you people are making me hungry!! Very Happy I would sure love to see a recipie posted so I can try it! It looks great.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Yes..it looked like that, but broken into small pieces.

My husband and I were trying to figure out where we got this stuff (many years ago), since neither of our mothers made it. The only thing we can come up with, is we got it in the Italian bakery in our neighborhood. Now that I think of it..I used to buy torrone at the Italian feasts..I'll bet thats where I used to buy it...along with the torrone.

Its really good..sorta sweet, yet a little bitter.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:40 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

This is a Sardinian version of the same thing I think... It's called 'Gateau'

Gateau
500 gr almonds

500 gr sugar

2 lemons





PREPARATION
Cut the almonds lengthwise in wide strips, place them in the oven until golden, remove and allow to cool. Put a saucepan on the heat with the sugar, allow it to melt and when done add the almonds while stirring continuously until the mixture has combined well.

Before this prepare a slightly wet (with water) baking sheet and pour the mixture onto it - spreading it out using the lemon, as soon as it has cooled slightly cut into desired shapes (usually diamond shapes) and spread thin slices of lemon or orange to taste...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: whahttp://www.gentedimaregenealt do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Cathy,
very easy:

150 grams hazelnuts (but you can use almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds, nuts, etc)

130 grams sugar

1 spoon olive oil

Pour sugar in a saucepan add a spoon of water and let liquefy on low heat, add hazelnuts and olive oil. Stir carefully and let cook for a few minutes till the sugar turns dark but not too much! (more or less a dark honey colour). Spread the mixture with a spoon, while still hot, on a marble top or oven paper and give it a square or rectangular shape. It's very hot and sticky! Let it cool and then cut with a knife into small pieces.

Of course there are a lot of variations, someone adds honey, others don't use olive oil, or use lemon juice instead of water. I'm sure someone else will post other recipes.....
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:19 pm    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

Since this has now become a "recipes" thread, I am moving it over to the correct board.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:28 am    Post subject: Re: what do you call this stuff? Reply with quote

This is one recipe I must try out!
Oh you are a wicked lot putting temptation in my way Smile
but never-the-less
here's a kiss for printing the recipe
Eleven that link you posted has other fantastic recipes on it too! kiss
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