Thursday, November 29, 2007

Torrone from Italy









Flipping through the latest Williams-Sonoma catalogue I noticed they are selling the delicious Torrone confection from Italy.

This simple nougat consists of just a few ingredients- crunchy nuts, spices, honey or sugar and egg whites.......the more honey, the softer the product.

A few years ago I would not have "batted an eye"
at the sight of this candy-I really had to aquire a taste for it. It is chewy, chockful of nuts and very expensive, what I purchased over there, thanks to our pitiful dollar! Frequent stops to local bakeries and confectioneries exposed me to the variety of distinctive flavors of the Torrone candy. The honey used from different regions truly affects the taste. This delightful treat also packs well, either for day trip snacks or treats for those you may have left beind........ how about a special gift for Christmas? Check out page 58 in the catalogue! Beats having to spend the money for a plane ticket!

16 comments:

Mimi said...

Oh, this looks so tempting! I have received two copies of the most recent Williams-Sonoma catalog and I keep one on my bedside table so visions of this will dance in my head while I sleep. Better my head than on my thigh, I guess.

Looks so good!

Jann said...

Mimi, sweets and holidays are so bad around my house ~this really is a wonderful treat if ever you see it around. Don't you just love that catalogue? Some of the recipes they print are fabulous! Oh, those copper pans...now that's something to dream about!

T.W. Barritt said...

Ah, the windows of bake shops in Italy never fail to tempt! That picture brings back so many memories. Although I never tried torrone, it was one of the many exquisite treats that would catch my eye when walking through Florence or Siena last year. I'm thinking of making a Panforte for the Christmas holidays!

winedeb said...

Hey Jann, I have that catalog and just keep drooling over all the candies in it. Your photo's of the Torrone candy are great! I try not to indulge in very many sweets, except during the holidays!

Simona said...

I am so glad you like torrone. During the Holidays, it's a must eat. My favorite torrone is the one enveloped in dark chocolate. Yum!

katiez said...

They make a version of this in Spain (and Andorra) but not France! I wonder why the tradition skipped a country...maybe it's the Moorish influence. Whatever, I agree, it's yummy!

Christine said...

I love this stuff! We have a local Italian deli/market that carries it during the holidays. Now I've got to find the dark chocolate enrobed kind - with thanks to my buddy Simona for mentioning it! :))

Cynthia said...

Generally speaking, I don't have a sweet tooth but these Torrones look so appealing.

Jann said...

T.W. ~When you make the Panforte, please be sure to post it ~I would enjoy seeing how it turns out!

Winedeb ~We have to indulge a few times around the holidays~I always seem to over-do it, though~thanks for stopping by!

Jann said...

Simona ~ I LOVE this stuff !Have you ever made it and do you have a good source over here in the states? Hope you and your hubby are well~

Katiez ~I do not know how anything could have skipped France! You could start to make this and start your own tradition!P.S. I am still thinking about moving to France ~no joke......I'll bring along extra torrone!

Jann said...

Christine ~You guys have so many wonderful places to find things in CA ~I am so jealous! Hope you find the chocolate version~That must be really delicious!

Cynthia~ Hello there and thanks for stopping by. I really need to catch up on all my favorite blogger-posts...How can you not have a sweet-tooth? We can send you recipes and change all that for you , if you wish. Cheers to you!

K & S said...

love this stuff! especially if it has almonds in it :)

Betty C. said...

Like Katie, I know the Spanish version but it doesn't look quite the same...although I've only tasted packaged versions that people bring back from trips.

It also reminds me of some of the locally-made "nougat" from the Provence area.

It looks gfeat, at any rate!

Jann said...

Betty~ I think that it is very similar to what you have tasted from Provence~thanks for visitng!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yikes, I haven't tried this. Sounds like I've been really missing out on something really good.

Cynthia said...

You are too wicked :) I think I will stay with my selective sweet tooth :)