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July 2014

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    The Basics: Turkish Delight

    TurkishDelight

    TurkishDelight

    Rose flavoured Turkish delight is one of my fave treats – and if you’re a Narnia fan I’m guessing we’re on the same page here. I know that not everyone is mad on the jelly consistency, but I love ’em! I adore the pretty pink colour and always feel classy when I eat one. I made my first batch this year and was shocked to find out that they’re pretty much made of just sugar and cornstarch. I don’t suggest over doing it on any confectionary goods, but Turkish delight is a traditional treat that everyone should know how to make.

    So here’s my recipe for these perfect little sugar bites… The Ingredients //

    • 4 cups white sugar
    • 4 cups water
    • 25 cups cornstarch
    • 2 tsps rose water
    • 30ml powdered gelatine
    • Pink colouring
    • Cornstarch for dusting

    The Method //

    • Place the sugar and 2 cups of the water in a saucepan over low heat, stir to dissolve the sugar. DO NOT boil until all the sugar has dissolved.
    • If the sugar syrup starts to crystallize, brush the sides of the saucepan with a pastry brush that has been dipped in water.
    • Once all the sugar has dissolved, bring this mixture to the boil until it reaches softball stage (115’C is perfect here)
    • Now in a separate bowl, slake the cornstarch with 1 cup of water until it is a smooth paste. Pour this mixture into the sugar syrup and stir. Place on the heat again and cook for 5 minutes.
    • In another bowl sponge the gelatine in the remaining cup of water and add it to the mixture in the saucepan.
    • Add in the rose water and colouring.
    • Cook for 20 minutes or until the cornstarch taste has cooked out, stirring continusoly.
    • Once cooked, allow to cool in a medium sized tin lined with tin foil.
    • When the mixture is set, cut into squares and dust with cornflour.
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