Recipe: Turkish Delight

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Why not make your own Turkish delight this Christmas, maybe as an extra present from you to you!


  • 1 lb. (450g) granulated sugar
  • quarter pint (150ml) water
  • juice of one lemon
  • half an ounce (13g) powdered gelatine
  • 1 level tbsp. cornflour
  • 2 tbsps. icing sugar, sifted
  • pink food colouring
  • few drops of rose water
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Soak the gelatine in half the water
    2. Pour the remaining water into a saucepan, add the sugar and heat gently while stirring until the sugar is dissolved
    3. Add softened gelatine and stir into the syrup
    4. Simmer gently for 20 minutes then add the lemon juice
    5. Pour half the mixture into one of 2 wetted, small square tins, tins should be small enough for Turkish delight to be one inch thick
    6. Add 2 drops of pink colouring and a few drops of rose water to the remaining mixture, stir well and pour into the remaining tin
    7. Leave for 24 hours in the fridge to set
    8. Mix the icing sugar and cornflour together in a polythene bag
    9. Dust hands with this mixture and pull Turkish delight from the tins
    10. Cut into 1 inch (2.5cm) strips and then into cubes
    11. Toss the cubes in icing sugar mixture

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