It is mid-December, already … The most prepared of you have already finished their Christmas presents and will be satisfied, some others will have to think, buy and wrap up gifts (and how come the fundamental gifts are always the last to be crossed off the list?!) and then some other will wait till Christmas Eve to buy the first thing that comes to mind. Well, I usually fall within the first category, 'cause I usually start thinking about Christmas gifts while I'm still wearing flip-flops, and I usually buy every single gift with a disturbing advance .. but this year Christmas will be a little different for me, and this Christmas will include a lot of home-made gifts and a little more calmness .. and it will probably become panic when I'll realize that I forgot the gift for grandma 10 minutes before Christmas dinner.
But I can't, at least in part, give up my proverbial timing and, although I know that Christmas is yet to come, I'm so ahead of you that today I don't suggest you some home-made and last-minute gift, but a recipe to get rid of nougat leftovers. Today I'm the Grinch, who fights the thought of Christmas, almost as if it was already gone!
Torrone (nougat) is a very popular sweet in Italy, and we eat it especially during Christmas holidays. There are at least a thousand different kinds of torrone: hard, soft, semi-hard, with hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, covered in chocolate, covered in glaze, big, small and so on..
Well, the funny thing is… I don't like nougat! My mom could practically eat a ton of it (so it's not genetic), and instead I don't like it so much, basically 'cause it's too sweet for my tooth.
But, after Christmas holidays, it's practically impossible living in an Italian house without seeing nougat all around, since it's a very common gift and it's also very used in Christmas goodie baskets.
So, if you want to use some of those leftovers or if you actually love nougat and you'd like to make a very Christmas sweet, very easy and very sensational, here it is my semifreddo al torrone (nougat semifreddo).
Today you can find my recipe also here, on Nami's fabulous blog Just One Cookbook (I'm a blogsitter, today), together with a little interview with the undersigned. If you're interested or if you don't know Nami's blog, yet, please pay a visit, and you won't regret it.
Ingredients (for 6 single-portion semifreddi)
* 200 g white hard nougat or little nougats (I used hazelnut nougat, but almond one it's perfect, too)
* 2 eggs
* 40 g sugar
* 200 ml whipping cream
* a pinch of salt
* a pinch of powdered sugar
* rum (optional; I didn't use it)
* dark or extra-dark chocolate (to garnish, if you want to)
* some milk (to garnish, if you want to)
Put the nougat in the freezer for at least a couple of hours and then chop it finely with a blender.
Separate the egg whites from the yolks. In a bowl beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and a pinch of powdered sugar, until they're stiff. In another bowl, beat the yolks with sugar. In a third bowl, whip the cream.
Now, mix everything together with a wooden spoon or a spatula, mixing from bottom up (being careful to not deflate the mixture); then add the chopped nougat and, if you want to, some rum (about a tablespoon).
Pour the mixture in single-portion cups (I used the disposable aluminum ones), cover them with aluminum foil and then put them in the freezer for at least 10 hours before serving them (but you could prepare this dessert even a week before, or more).
When you serve your semifreddi (plural), take them out of the mold on dishes and, if you want to, garnish them with a sauce made with melted chocolate and a drizzle of hot milk (to make your sauce more fluid), or with a ganache made with melted chocolate and piping hot whipping cream.