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A black plate topped with cubes of pink Turkish delight dusted with icing sugar

Turkish delight

Published: October 20, 2021 at 11:08 am
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + cooling
  • A little effort
  • Makes 36 squares

Gently perfumed with floral rose water, these squares of turkish delight make a beautiful edible gift or sweet party nibble

  • Gluten free
Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal60
fat0.1g
carbs14.8g
sugars11.1g
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Try this easy recipe for Turkish delight, then check out our peppermint creams, Baileys truffles, tiffin and more Christmas sweets recipes.

Ingredients

  • flavourless oil, for the tin
  • 400g caster sugar
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 150g cornflour
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp rose water
  • a drop pink food colouring
  • icing sugar, for dusting

Method

  • STEP 1

    Oil a 20cm square tin. Put the sugar, lemon juice and 175ml of water in a large pan. Heat gently for 10 minutes, swirling the pan, until the sugar has dissolved. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil but do not stir. If there any sugar crystals, brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Boil for 15-20 minutes or until it reaches 118-120C or the 'soft boil stage' on a sugar thermometer.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, when the sugar hits 113C, whisk together the cornflour, cream of tartar and 50ml of water in a separate large pan to form a smooth paste. Add another 350ml of water, whisking well. Put over a medium heat and, whisking continuously, bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes or until thickened and stiff.

  • STEP 3

    Slowly add the sugar mixture in batches, stirring, making sure it’s well incorporated after each addition. Reduce the heat to low and stir frequently for 45 minutes-1 hour or until it turns golden and very thick, ensuring there are no lumps.

  • STEP 4

    Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rosewater and food colouring. Pour into the prepared tin and smooth over the top. Leave to set in a cool place overnight. Oil a sharp knife and dust a worksurface with icing sugar. Turn out the turkish delight and cut into little squares, dusting each square all over with icing sugar.

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