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.