Watch out, Tours nougat is nothing like its famous namesake fromMontélimar! In fact this is a fairly thick tart; a layer of pastry iscovered with apricot conserve and a bed of diced candied fruit. An almond mixture called macaronadecovers this and icing sugar is sprinkled over the whole tart. This recipe is ideal for an afternoon snackor as a dessert, with a nice cup of coffee or local white wine.
Tours nougat was apparently created at the end of the Middle Ages, at the time when Leonardo da Vinci, a great lover of almonds and candied fruit, lived in the Amboise region. Since 1998, the Tours Nougat Brotherhood (Confrérie du Nougat de Tours)has been promoting this recipe and singing its praises throughout France.