Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
From Saad Fayed, Turkish Delight is a candy that originated in Turkey in the 1700's. The candy was featured in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", by C.S Lewis. The White Witch tempted a character, Edmund with Turkish Delight. This easy Turkish Delight recipe will tempt you, too!
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1⁄4 cups cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 4 1⁄4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons rose water
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- vegetable oil or shortening
- In a 9 inch square baking pan, grease the sides and bottom with vegetable oil or shortening.
- Line with wax paper and grease the wax paper.
- In a saucepan, combine lemon juice, sugar and 1 1/2 cups water on medium heat.
- Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to boil.
- Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer, until the mixture reaches 240ºF on a candy thermometer.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- Combine cream of tartar, 1 cup corn starch and remaining water in saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir until all lumps are gone and the mixture begins to boil.
- Stop stirring when the mixture has a glue like consistency.
- Stir in the lemon juice and water/sugar mixture.
- Stir constantly for about 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low, allow to simmer for 1 hour, stirring frequently.
- Once the mixture has become a golden color, stir in rosewater.
- Pour mixture into wax paper lined pan.
- Spread evenly and allow to cool overnight.
- Once it has cooled overnight, sift together confectioners sugar and remaining cornstarch.
- Turn over baking pan containing Turkish delight onto clean counter or table and cut with oiled knife into one inch pieces.
- Coat with confectioners sugar mixture.
- Serve or store in airtight container in layers separated with wax or parchment paper.