Saturday, April 18, 2009

Turkish Delight

Not sure where this came from but for some reason Donna's moly just screamed out Turkish Delight to me. I have never had it and my only experience with it come from the lion, witch and the wardrobe. Here is a recipe I found via the net.
Turkish Delight is a candy that originated in Turkey in the 1700's. The candy was featured in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", by C.S Lewis. The White Witch tempted a character, Edmund with Turkish Delight. This easy Turkish Delight recipe will tempt you, too!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rosewater
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • Vegetable oil ot shortening


In a 9 inch baking pan, grease the sides and bottom with vegetable oil or shortening. Line with wax paper and grease the wax paper.

In a saucepan, combine lemon juice, sugar and 1 1/2 cups water on medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer, until the mixture reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine cream of tartar, 1 cup corn starch and remaining water in saucepan over medium heat. Stir until all lumps are gone and the mixture begins to boil. Stop stirring when the mixture has a glue like consistency.

Stir in the lemon juice, water and sugar mixture. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, Allow to simmer for 1 hour, stirring frequently.

Once the mixture has become a golden color, stir in rosewater. Pour mixture into wax paper lined pan. Spread evenly and allow to cool overnight.

Once it has cooled overnight, sift together confectioners sugar and remaining cornstarch.

Turn over baking pan containing Turkish delight onto clean counter or table and cut with oiled knife into one inch pieces.

Coat with confectioners sugar mixture. Serve or store in airtight container in layers separated with wax or parchment paper.


Lynne said...

never had turkish delight!!! you have missed a treat, it one of my absolute faves........ great post, yum :-)

Michael Nightmare said...

It's not really something readily available in the states that I am aware of. I'd prob have to go to a specialty shop in Los Angeles.

Good to hear it's good though.

Donna said...

I've never had it either. It does sounds intriguing to the taste buds, plus its a good entry after the prawn, and lamp er lamb that's in my book right now. Thanks michael :-)

Lynne said...

Hi michael I see from the flickr pages that you haven't posted this on to Danny yet......that really is going to mess him up as it is Dannys books that take the longest time to travel....and it means you now have 2 food moly books in your hands........!!!

Michael Nightmare said...

Lynne I thought I was still sending to morrisa? Am I now sending it off to a different person? I was going to mail it out today and have it already to go after that flickr post but I will hold off to make sure it gets to the right person which will then leave me with only one food moly.

Lynne said...

Michael I am so sorry....of course you are posting to the usual person, please excuse my bossiness....

Michael Nightmare said...

Thank you for the quick reply Lynne. I will have it off to her today. She leave close by so it will only take a couple days to get to her.

I will have the other done this weekend with a greek recipe this time

Donna said...

Lynne, i had already sent my book to calvin 4 days before you sent yours to me. the last time he received it much faster i think 2 weeks. He hasn't replied if he received his new book yet.

Michael Nightmare said...

Oh I also Just got the second food moly from Calvin today so I havnt had it too long.

Lynne said...

there is no rush for the next round I think it works out about 16th May for the next posting.....does that sound right? so no panic yet folks ;-)