Video:Turkish Delightwith Natasha Levitan
The tempting Middle Eastern sweet featured in 'The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,' Turkish Delight has a soft, delicate, jelly-like consistency and is flavored with rosewater.See Transcript
Transcript:Turkish DelightHi, my name is Natasha Levitan for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make Turkish Delight.
Turkish Delight IngredientsFor this recipe, you will need:
- 4 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 4 1/4 cups water
- 11/2 tbsp rose water
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- vegetable oil for greasing
- candy thermometer
Make the Turkish Delight Sugar SyrupIn a medium saucepan, combine lemon juice, sugar, and 1 1/2 cups of water. Turn the heat on medium. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves. When the mixture boils, turn the heat to low.
Insert the candy thermometer into your sauce pan. Allow the mixture to simmer until the temperature reaches 240 degrees on thermometer. Turn the heat off and set aside.
Make the Jelly BaseIn a small saucepan, combine cream of tartar, 1 cup of cornstarch, and water. Turn the heat on medium. Continuously stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until the lumps are dissolved and the mixture begins to boil. When the mixture achieves a glue-like consistency, stop stirring.
Add in the lemon juice, water and sugar mixture from the medium pan and stir for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for 1 hour. Stir the mixture frequently so it doesn't burn the bottom of the pan. When the mixture becomes a golden color, add in rosewater and stir until everything is combined.
Pour the Turkish Delight Into a MoldOil the sides and the bottom of your container. Pour your mixture into the container and spread it evenly. Place it into refrigerator and allow to cool overnight.
Serve or Store the Turkish DelightTake out the mold out of the refrigerator and free it from the mold. Cut it into 1 inch pieces. Place them into a bowl of confectioners sugar and thoroughly coat them.
You can store your Turkish Delight in an airtight container, separated in layers by wax or parchment paper. Turkish Delight makes a sweet addition to your tea or coffee time.
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