Honey Almond Nougat Gift ideas

Gift ideas. Sometimes I can get completely stumped for ideas for gifts. I want to give something, but don’t want the present to be a token something. I want there to be some kind of thought behind it. A little present to say Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas or a simple I’m thinking of you.  Not something that screams… uh oh I forgot your birthday up until an hour ago, and this was the first thing I sawIsn’t it pretty!

Here’s one idea for a gift. First stop, go to your local second hand store.

One Donna Hay tea cup and little white dish later. ($2 dollars spent, for perfect condition.) Add some recycled ribbons that I had got via a whole bundle from a LETS trade a while back. Now to fill them.

Kecap Manis Roasted Almonds

Your desired quantity of raw almonds, coat them lightly in Kecap Manis (Indonesian Soy Sauce). Then put them on a tray and slow roast them in the oven. Done when an almond is cut in half, and lightly browned through.

Honey Almond Nougat

2 cups caster sugar

1 cup glucose syrup

1/2 cup honey

1 cup toasted whole almonds

1 tps vanilla

2 egg whites

75grams softened butter

rice paper sheets

Mix sugar, glucose, honey, vanilla in a pan. Stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil uncovered until reaches small crack stage (a tps of mixture snaps when its dropped into cold water.) This usally takes about 6 minutes or until reaches approx 138C.

Beat egg whites until firm peaks form. With mixer running, slowly add hot mixture in a thin stream. Mix for 3 mins or until the mixture holds together, then add the butter. When combined add the nuts.

Quickly spread into greased and lined with rice paper tray. Smooth the top down and press the remaining rice paper. Wait until it gets to room temperature, and then cut into desired shapes.

Two easy hand made gifts that are made with love, using recycled dishes, and ready to be given to someone that needs a good present.

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13 thoughts on “Honey Almond Nougat Gift ideas

  1. These look wonderful and so simple to put together too. I love getting presents that are well put together with a bit of thought – makes you feel so special that someone has spent time thinking of you this way.
    Cheers Anna

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  2. Oh, I really like these ideas! I always get so stumped when it comes to gift giving and leaving things until the last minute doesn’t help either. Your gifts look wonderful and I know someone who would appreciate the nougat, their b’day is just around the corner, so will be remembering this! Thanks. 🙂

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  3. I’d love to receive either of these. I often do foodie gifts but hadn’t thought to buy bowls to put them in. Great idea – thank you. The nougat looks lovely, but it sounds a bit scary to me – not easy at all.

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    • Trust me I’m not doing anything fancy at the moment. I’ve done a few variations of nougat and it really is easy. The important bit is getting the sugars up to the right temp, just keep a cup of cold water near by to keep dropping the toffee into to see if its at ‘hard crack stage’. The first time I did it there was a little hand clapping with glee 🙂

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