What, exactly, is turrón?
Well, it’s a sort of sweet, candy or nougat, made mainly out of almonds and honey, whose origins go back to the sweet-toothed Moorish conquerors of Spain.
Nowadays, it’s recognised very much as Spain’s Christmas-time sweet.
You’ll discover numerous varieties on offer in shops but, basically, there are two main types …
A brittle, hard type of turrón … and a soft one.
Both are delicious – the ideal ending to a celebration meal, accompanied by a small cup of coffee.
Is any one Spanish area particularly well-known for producing turrón?…
Yes, in fact most turrón comes from Alicante Province, where I live – in particular, around Jijona.
Not so long ago, we visited a turrón factory. It was wonderfully clean and well-organized … and the products superb!
Below, you’ll find a simple recipe for home-made turrón, so that you can enjoy it anytime, and not just at Christmas.
In fact, it’s one of the sweet tapas recipes in my Spanish Tapas E-book … along with 299 other amazingly simple tapas recipes. Most of them savory, of course.
But, now for your home-made turrón recipe …
Spanish Food Recipes – Turrón Casero
- 200 gr almonds – roasted, peeled, chopped
- 200 gr walnuts – peeled, chopped
- 200 gr peanuts – peeled
- 400 gr honey
- 300 gr mixed dried/candied fruits – chopped
- Place nuts and fruit in electric mixer and mix well.
- Stir in honey.
- Place cling film in baking tray, overlapping well at edges.
- Press mixture firmly into tray with spoon.
- Cover top with overlapping cling film.
- Place weight or something heavy on top.
- Leave for 24-48 hours.
- Remove weight.
- Cut into small pieces and serve.
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