If you are wondering what is Spanish turron? You came to the right place. Here we will talk not just about what is turron, but about its recipe, ingredients, the different types of turron you can find, its origin and much more. Although almost everyone prefers to buy turron instead of making it, here we are going to learn how to make it!!
What is Turron??
The Spanish turron is a dessert typical in Spain during Christmas time. It´s actually the heart of Christmas in Spain. Every year during these festivities, you will find in each of the Spaniard´s house a huge plate with a big number of pieces of turron. Its shape looks more or less like chocolate but thicker. You should know that there are many different types of turron, so each of them looks very different. There is just one problem about the turron dessert, as it´s typical from Christmas, you won´t find it at another time of the year.
Different types of Turron
Before we start talking about what is turron made of or its recipe, you should know which are the different types of turron. Each of them has a different recipe and you will need multiple ingredients. Let us know which is your favorite!
Turron blando or de Jijona
The turron de Jijona or also known as turron blando, is one of the most popular types of turron. On your Christmas dinner you should always find the Spanish turron blando and the hard one. It´s very easy to distinguish from the other ones, as its color is between brown and orange and you won´t even have to try it to see it´s very soft. It literally melts (even before trying it)
How to make turron de Jijona
We would be lying if we say the soft turron is easy to make. Although it´s not really hard, it´s very easy to make a mistake and that could end up really bad. We still recommend you trying to make it, as the satisfaction once is done is incredible. The soft turron recipe takes about 45 minutes to be done. You may also want to know that it contains about 150 kilocalories.
Turron de Jijona ingredients
- 300grams of raw almonds or whole blanched almonds
- 100/130 grams of sugar
- 30/60 grams of honey
- 50 grams of white chocolate
Soft turron recipe
- Toast the almonds in the oven for about 5 minutes. Let them cool
- In a mixer, add the almonds, the sugar, the honey and the white chocolate together and mix it.
- In a chocolate mold or a turron shaped mold add some oil so the turron doesn´t get stuck there.
- Start spreading the mix through the mold, making sure you cover every single space of the mold.
- Put it in the fridge for about 4 hours
- Your turron de Jijona recipe is done, enjoy it!!
Turron duro or de Alicante
The other most popular turron in Spain is the hard turron, known as Turron de Alicante. The turron duro is generally the favorite for every Spaniard, but it really depends on your taste. Its color is white and is hard as a rock so be careful with your first bite.
How to make turron de Alicante
In our opinion learning how to make the turron duro is way easier than the soft one. It will take you more or less the same time, about 40 minutes.
Turron de Alicante ingredients
- 300 grams of raw almonds
- 130 grams of sugar
- 50 grams of honey
- 1 or 2 Egg white
Turron duro recipe
- Toast the almonds in the oven for about 5 minutes. Let them cool.
- Meanwhile, in a frying pan (low heat) mix the sugar and the honey.
- Beat the egg white until it looks creamy, while you keep moving it, add the mix of sugar and honey.
- Put everything back inside the pan to low heat. Later, you can go ahead and add the almonds.
- To finish, put the mix in a mold of the shape you prefer and let it cool.
- Your turron duro is ready, we recommend you to wrap it in cooking paper and keep it far from humid areas so it stays hard. Enjoy it!!
Other kinds of turron
These two are the most famous and traditional turron recipes. A lot of people also add to the typical turron Christmas plate other types of turron like the chocolate turron. You will also find vegan turron for vegans or even a turron cake! What about you, which is the best turron for you??
How to eat turron?
First of all, you should know that you can eat turron however you want. But since many people ask, we are going to advice you about how to eat turron.
Although turron is typical from festive days like new year´s eve or Christmas and it´s normally served for dinner as a dessert, in Spain, we all eat it during the whole day in the weeks before Christmas. You can eat it for breakfast or even as a snack during the middle of the day.
Another tip to have in mind when eating turron is to remember that the hard turron is really hard and you don´t want to break your teeth. If you are eating the soft turron, then you should remember that it may melt even before you eat it, so don´t hold it in your hand for too long.
Where to buy turron??
You can buy turron everywhere in Spain during Christmas time. You can either go to big supermarkets like Carrefour or Mercadona, or what we recommend you is to go to a homemade bakery shop and order them there. These kinds of shops are where you will find the traditional turron candy.
You will find the one of the best turron in Barcelona in Planelles Donat. In Madrid, you should go to Torrons Vicens.
Enjoy the turrones of Spain!
That´s all you should know about the Spanish turron, hope we were able to answer you to “What is Spanish turron?” and to everything else. If you have any other question or suggestion, let us know!!