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Ingredients

180 g blanched almonds
80 g pistachios
60 g cornflour/corn starch
60 g icing (confectioner’s) sugar
500 g caster (superfine) sugar (A)
110 g liquid glucose
270 g water
120 g egg whites
4 g cream of tartar
30 g caster (superfine) sugar (B)
300 g honey
1.22 kg good-quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
100 g glace cherries
40 g dried cranberries

Method
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Place almonds on a baking tray and roast for 15 minutes or until they turn a light golden-brown colour. Add in the pistachios and keep warm.
  2. Line a 23cm x 23cm slice tin with baking paper. Combine the cornflour and icing sugar together and dust a small amount into the base of the tin (you will use this mixture for dusting later in the recipe, too).
  3. Add the water to a medium saucepan. Pour in the caster sugar (A) and glucose, stir, and bring to the boil. Once the sugar mixture reaches 110°C, place the egg white and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer and start whisking. Continue to heat the sugar syrup.
  4. Add caster sugar (B) to the egg white mixture and continue to whisk.
  5. Place the honey in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. When it reaches 130°C add it to the whisked egg white, ensuring it doesn’t hit the whisk.
  6. As soon as the sugar syrup mixture reaches 170°C add it to the meringue. Again, be careful that the mixture doesn’t hit the whisk as you pour it. Stop the mixer and change the whisk to a paddle attachment. Remove any nougat from the whisk (or later, the paddle) by wetting your hand and sliding the nougat off. As you mix, heat the metal mixing bowl with a hair dryer or blow torch, moving it continuously so it doesn’t burn.
  7. Test the mixture in cold water – you want a firm but slightly pliable consistency. Once it reaches this consistency, add the finely chopped dark chocolate, followed by the warm nuts and fruit. Stop mixing as soon as they are combined.
  8. Remove the nougat from the mixer and press it into the prepared tin. Dust the surface with the combined cornflour and icing sugar and flatten the top of the nougat. Leave at room temperature until it cools. Cut into individual squares with a serrated-edge knife. Store in an airtight container or wrap individual squares.

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