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Monday, June 2, 2014

Recipe: Turkish Delight Candy


I have wanted to try making Turkish Delight for a few weeks now, I just needed to find Rosewater. We went to a local Halal meat and grocery store and found Rosewater.
So I had everything to make it. It takes about an hour to boil the candy, so if you make it, I suggest setting aside a few hours when the house is quiet and there is nothing else going on. 

My Turkish word of the day is: 
resmini çekmek: to photograph

                                       The Turkish Delight after setting overnight. 

    Make sure to dust your surface with powdered sugar, so it doesn't stick!
(Note: I didn't put in the red food coloring, so this is the natural color, even though it was rose flavored.) 

      After it was sliced, I shook it in a plastic bag with more powdered sugar.

The beautiful bowl is one that I bought in Kusadasi, Turkey when I visited. I think the hand-painted  details of tulips and swirls are so amazing!  

This teal blue plate is one that I made in pottery class a few years ago. I really like the blue/green colors of the plate and Turkish bowl. 

Turkish Delight 

  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4.5 cups water, divided use
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1.25 cups cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1.5 tbsp rosewater
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

1. Prepare a 9x9 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside for now.
2. Place the sugar, lemon juice, and 1.5 cups of the water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, and bring the mixture to a boil. Brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming, and insert a candy thermometer.
3. Allow the sugar mixture to continue boiling, without stirring, until it reaches 240 degrees on the candy thermometer.
4. When the sugar syrup is around 225 degrees, begin to get the rest of the candy ingredients prepared. Place the remaining 3 cups of water in another, slightly larger, saucepan. Add the cornstarch and cream of tartar and whisk until the starch dissolves and there are no lumps. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring or whisking constantly. The mixture will become thick and pasty.
5. Once the sugar syrup is at 240 degrees, remove it from the heat. Slowly, carefully, pour it into the cornstarch mixture, whisking until it is fully incorporated.
6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, whisking it every 8-10 minutes, for about an hour, until the candy has turned a light golden-yellow color and is very thick and gluey.
7. After an hour, remove from the heat and stir in the food coloring and the rosewater. Pour the candy into the prepared pan and allow it to set, uncovered, overnight.
8. The next day, remove the candy from the pan using the foil as handles. Dust your work station with the powdered sugar, and flip the candy onto the powdered sugar. Remove the foil from the back and dust the top with the sugar. Use an oiled chef’s knife to cut the Turkish Delight into small squares. Dust each side of the square with powdered sugar to prevent stickiness.
9. Turkish Delight is best soon after it is made. It doesn’t keep very well, but if you want to try keeping it, store it in an airtight container with waxed paper between the layers, and dust the sides with powdered sugar again before serving.

Elizabeth's note: I found that Turkish Delight keeps well in the freezer. (In an airtight container) 

1 comment:

Jessica said...

We love turkish delight!! I have never made it though, I will have to try this out :) I had never thought of making it myself - thanks!!