Torrone is a very simple nougat candy made from egg whites, honey, nuts and –in some recipes– cane sugar. The recipes of several popular commercial candy bars are based on that of traditional Italian torrone.
1/3 cup cornstarch
3 large egg whites
1 cup honey
3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 cups whole almonds, pistachios or hazelnuts
Put egg whites in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Start mixer on medium. When egg whites are stiff add icing sugar, scraping down the sides.
When the honey mixture temperature has gone down to 300 degrees F/150 degrees C, pour honey into egg whites while mixer is running.
Increase speed to high until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Fold in nuts with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Scrape mixture onto cutting board with cornstarch.
Knead for about 4 minutes. Press mixture evenly into pan. Cover with another piece of parchment and let cool. Cut into 36 squares with a hot knife.