Have you ever had Turkish Delight? No? Well neither have I. I had no idea what it tasted like but when I saw Katie pin this, it was a sign. A bit of a back story: I’ve been on a mission to start reading classic books. “Classic” is a bit interpretive. My latest goal was to read the Chronicles of Narnia series. I’ve never read the books, but I loved the old BBC mini series and I love working to the soundtracks from the newer films.
Over the weekend I finished the Narnia series. I was both happy and sad. I wanted to make these Turkish Delights as a bit of closure to a great series. I highly recommend visiting the original blogger’s website. She makes recipes and crafts based on books!
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 4 1/2 cups water (divided use)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 1/4 cups cornstarch
- 1 tsp cream of tarter
- 1 1/2 tbsp orange extract
- 1 drop of read food coloring
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Candy thermometer
1. Combine granulated sugar, lemon juice, and 1 1/2 cups of water over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, brush the sides of the pot with a pastry brush to avoid crystals forming and bring the mixture to a boil.
4. Soon the sugar mixture should reach 240 degrees, at which point you should remove the pot from the heat. Then begin to carefully add the sugar mixture to the cornstarch mixture, and whisk until the two are fully combined.
6. Once the desired color has been reached and the pot has been removed from the heat, mix in 1 drop of read food coloring (to make the Turkish Delight a vibrant orange) and the orange extract.
9. The next day, prepare your work surface with the powdered sugar. Lift the foil out of the pan and flip the Turkish Delight onto the powder sugar (it is now upside down on the counter-top). Peal the foil off the candy. Flip the Turkish delight right side up so that both sides are now coated in powdered sugar.
10. Cut the candy into squares with an oiled knife. Coat all sides of the individual pieces with powder sugar.
11. Turkish delight is best right after you have finished coating it in powdered sugar, but you can also store it in the fridge. I would recommend separating the layers of candy with wax paper if you stack them on top of each other, and re-coating them in powdered sugar when you are ready to eat them. Enjoy!
********** WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE?***************
Turkish delight taste just like a jelly bean with the consistency more closely related to a gummy bear. The powdered sugar does a great job offsetting the normally sticky taste of the gummy. I’ve never been a big gummy fan, but this was delicious.
$10 for a Candy Thermometer. The rest are basics
|2-4 Hours + overnight.|
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|What I Would Change:|
|I wouldn’t have left the burner at the lowest setting possible. It was too low. I ended up spending another 2 hours toying with the heat until it FINALLY began to caramelize. I would also cut the pieces must smaller and maybe use a bigger pan. I would have eaten more if they were thinner, but the classic recipe has them being thick.|
|This was a once tried and tested pin. I will never make this again simply for the sake of how long it took. I expected it to be only 2 hours of work, but it ended up being nearly double.|