October is a month loaded with tradition in Peru. It’s the month of the Señor de los Milagros, which has a number of devoted followers.
According to a legend, a woman by the name of Josefa Marmanillo became ill and couldn’t walk or work. Overwhelmed but hopeful, she asked for a miracle, promising she would prepare a sweet dish in the name of this lord. One night she was healed and in her dreams, received this nougat recipe which she later prepared and sold on the streets. That’s how this recipe got its name.
This Turrón de Doña Pepa was only available in the month of October. However, there are now a number of bakeries and stores that sell it, along with turroneros, by the kilo, year round.
The preparation process is quite long and there are a number or variations of this recipe. Some nougat treats are softer than others, some dissolve in your mouth, while others are much drier. Ideally, this recipe should be soft, yet easy to cut into individual servings.