At Christmas my Italian grandmother traditionally gave us torrone which is a nougat candy made with honey and almonds. It is very good and every year at this season I crave it. Nonna always bought La Florentine torrone. It came in little boxes decorated with portraits of ancient Italian aristocrats. You can still buy it but somehow it's not the same without Nonna making a present of it. I mean I wouldn't buy torrone just any old time - you know, flip to Amazon.com and order a case or so.
But today I made some! I've had a recipe card for it that must be 20 years old and I've never tried it. I can taste the honey, vanilla, and almonds all together and, yet, standing on their own merit. I've already eaten a bunch of it and have a sugar high going here.
Drop a note if you'd like the recipe for your own torrone tradition. Minus the adorable little boxes, drat!
Christmas nut breads
Cirrus, granddaughter of Cloud
Have a wonderfully blessed holiday season all!