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Which ways to stabilize soft nougat do you know? By stabilize I mean making it less sticky and preventing it from creeping. I emphasise, that I don't want to add nut flower into nougat, or make it harder in other ways. I want to preserve soft and sticky qualities inside while making it easier to hold in hands and store.

I tried to cover nougat with some powders: - Sugar dust. It doesn't work. Sugar is getting soaked into nougat in few hours. - Cocoa. Good taste (can save if the nougat is too sugary) and relatively not sticky. But doesn't keeps form. - Starch. Definitely reduces adhesiveness but doesn't taste good.

I also tried waffles - it's ok, but ... strange? And I know that chocolate is good for this purpose, but I don't like chocolate. Please, answer if you know any other ways, like may be covering nougat with caramel.

  • What do you mean by "nougat"? Confusingly, in different regions, different substances are called by the same word. – rumtscho Dec 16 '18 at 13:03
  • Basically eggs + caramel, and often nuts. – kelin Dec 16 '18 at 19:59
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The stickiness/softness/runniness of nougat is directly controlled by the temperature you heat the water/sugar mixture to. The higher the temperature, the less runny the results will be. Once you've mixed in the egg whites, though, you've made your choice, and can't later decide to make it thicker.

It sounds like you want two different materials: a hard nougat for the outside, and a soft nougat for the inside. Perhaps you could make two batches, and diP blocks of the softer (heated to a lower temperature) into a still-melted bowl of the latter? It might be tough to get it all to work, though...

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In my own practice, I just cook the sugar to a higher temperature in order to make a nougat firm enough to not spread.

However, I have recipes suggesting the use of rice paper, and have eaten store-bought nougat that used rice paper on one or two sides of the nougat to hold it together (and minimize sticky fingers for the people eating it.) I can vouch for rice paper tasting just fine with the rest of the nougat.

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