Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Turkish Delight

According to Wikipedia, Turkish Delight in the Middle East takes on a variety of forms including "premium varieties made almost solely of chopped dates, pistachios and hazelnuts or walnuts". Now that I would love to try. The variety I know and love is the soft, jelly-like confectionery flavoured with rosewater but also can be flavoured with mint, cinnamon, mastic or lemon. It is often packaged and eaten in small cubes dusted with icing sugar but I also love it coated in milk chocolate. Not traditional but so delicious!
I have tried many different recipes trying to perfect the homemade turkish delight! On storing, some sweat and result in a gooey mess. Others stay dry but taste of cornflour. I found this Turkish Delight recipe perfect even in our humid climate. It does use gelatine which is not traditional but the taste and texture is sublime!
What I liked about this recipe was the precise temperatures that each mixture should reach rather than stating times for cooking because as we all know confectionery is a temperamental science! To coat the turkish delight I added equal quantities of cornflour (corn starch) to the icing sugar. This absorbs any moisture that seeps out of the turkish delight.
I will make this again soon because I have a request to coat  the Turkish Delight in milk chocolate!


  1. Marcellina, I love these! You made them perfectly! Have already added to my "to try list". Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks so much for this post, I have been thinking about making this turkish delight.. and I can tell you that your humid-climate-perfect solution is simply so delightful!!

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  3. These are beautiful! I was just thinking about Turkish Delight, and how I love the name - I've never tried it! I'll have to make this recipe sometime!

  4. yummm....that sounds so good, and dipped in chocolate....wow....I bet those really push it over the edge!! Great job!

  5. They looks delicious. We just had some (bought) turkish delight with pistachios and they were so good. Yet to brave making my own. Great job.

    Btw - the whoppie pies are more ckaelike than biscuit, sort of like a cakey brownie (fluffy not fudgy) is the best description I can think of.

  6. This was interesting to me because my mother in law was just trying to make these the other day for our "Narnia Day" with all of the kids and it never set. So I am going to check out the recipe and see what she did wrong?

  7. Thank you Marcellina for sharing your recipe! I've been trying to make a nice turkish delight as well and have not been 100% happy with my recipes. Yours is beautiful.

  8. hi im raini an indonesian live in algeria, i eat halkum/turkish delight. halkum made in algeria, my husband an algerian man said that halkum origin from turkey.
    i really love this candy.


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