Turkish Delights

April 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

Aka Lokum, a candy that originated in Turkey in the 1700’s. Many of us were introduced to the candy while reading “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” by C.S Lewis. The White Witch tempts Edmund, with Turkish Delight. I love these and indulge when ever I find them. They are a sophisticated, subtly-flavored gummi treat.

I guess I’d have to call this a cheaters version, not that anything about candy making is easy or simple. This was my third attempt, and I can happily report a success. This recipe uses gelatin, not the traditional use of sugar brought to the firm/hard ball stage, as the solidifier.

3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flavored extract (citrus, rose, or nut are traditional)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
confectioners’ sugar for dusting
pinch of salt
chopped nuts (optional)
food coloring (optional)

Mix gelatin, sugar and salt in a large heavy pot (I use a larger pot because the sugar/water mixture will expand and can overflow in a smaller sized pan)
add water (do not stir, just let the sugar melt into the water)
bring to a slow boil, and then simmer without stirring for 15 minutes
remove from heat, stir in juice, flavoring, coloring, and/or nuts
pour into an oiled 8-inch square pan

Cover with plastic wrap and chill well, even overnight

Invert onto cutting board, and cut into approximately 1 1/2 inch squares
toss in confectioners’ sugar, coating well
once coated, let the sugar get a little hard or crunchy, before putting them away

Store in an air-tight container

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