Homemade turkish delight

 My first little project for 2013 was to make turkish delight.
I found various recipes online but remained unconvinced. Then I came across Sprinkle Bake's version and I instinctively knew it was THE ONE. Even though it's cooked entirely in a microwave, I went for it because the recipe didn't call for gelatine, which makes it more authentic as far as I was concerned. I didn't have any corn syrup at home so I used maple syrup instead and it seemed to work OK.

Lemon turkish delight with ground pistachios (adapted from Sprinkle Bakes)

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups of cold water
3/4 cup corn flour, plus 1/2 cup for dusting candy squares
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon extract
2 drops yellow liquid food coloring
Cooking spray for greasing pan
1/2 cup soft icing sugar
Ground pistachios

Method

1. Pour water into a heat proof bowl and whisk in corn flour until dissolved.

2. Microwave for 2 minutes and then whisk. Repeat. The mixture should be white and pasty.

3. Add sugar and maple syrup and mix well.

4. Heat for 5 minutes in microwave.  Remove bowl (it will be very hot!) and whisk smooth. Repeat and then add lemon extract and food colouring. Mix well.

5. Microwave for another 3 minutes and then whisk. Repeat again. The mixture should be very thick. The test is to allow a tiny bit of the mixture to cool on a separate dish for a few minutes, it should form a gel like consistency which can be peeled off easily.

6. Grease a loaf pan and add the mixture. Smooth the mixture as best as possible and leave to cool at room temperature.

7. After 2 hours or when set, place the candy on a chopping board dusted with corn flour and cut the candy with a sharp knife into bite sized pieces.
8. Mix 1/2 cup cornflour with 1/2 cup soft icing sugar in a bowl and roll the candy to evenly coat.
9. Sprinkle with ground pistachios and serve.

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43 Responses to Homemade turkish delight

pretty little things said...

omg this looks so delish. will try them fr sure.. love the plate
xo sabbi

pretty little things said...

omg this looks delish..will try them sure. love the plate.
xo sabbi

tinajo said...

Interesting, I´ve never tried but I may have to! :-)

Deanne Langford said...

Looks yummy, I made it once with a women's weekly recipe but it was too runny and sticky!

Chai Chen said...

Looks yummy Trish! I am soooo loving it! I wanna eat it now whoooaaa! Your posts make me fat! LOL. :P Seriously drooling over it now!

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Anouka said...

I'm not a turkish delight fan but I have to say that yours looks really appetising!

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Gillian said...

It looks so good. And I love the way you styled it at the end with the Eastern themed plate and cup.

Gillian x

Juanita said...

Sounds like a good sweet treat. Good new year's project!

Ms George {Life at the Coop} said...

This looks fantastic! Love the vivid blue plates you served it on as well.

Rainy Days and Lattes said...

Wow, this is so delightful to look at!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christine ♥ CHRiiSSYDOLLXO said...

soo yummy!! i want to make this asap, thanks so much for sharing! :)

Sarah Jane said...

I love Turkish Delight! Yours looks so yummy! {love the pretty plate too}

xx

Alice said...

This looks divine. Turkish Delight always reminds me of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe!!

Pamela RG said...

Looks so delicious! I'm really impressed on the things you cook and bake.

Jane said...

this looks incredible! your pictures are amazing as well! and of course the plate is gorgeous. i need to venture into these types of cooking projects and graduate from making chocolate chip cookies! :D

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

A friend from the UK brought two boxes of Turkish delights. I liked it to some degree. I think it's just two sweet for me. :)

Victoria said...

Yummy! This looks so delicious! I'm going to have to try to make this!

Victoria said...

Yummy! This looks so delicious! I'm going to have to try to make this!

honey my heart said...

these treats look delectable :) i really like how there's pistachio on top.

nancy said...

Awesome! Sounds delicious! Turkish Delight was something I wanted to try and bake asap this year as well! Great minds... :)

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Errr, YUM. This recipe looks incredible, and those photos are gorgeous!

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Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

Looks so delicious!

little t said...

Looks scrummy!

rooth said...

That looks divine - and yes, the plate is beautiful as well

FAIIINT said...

Ohh, I love Turkish Delight! I never thought to make it myself though, I always assumed it'd be really hard for some reason! Definitely going to give this a try though, it's so simple! :)

blondebenedicte said...

thanks! x

uh, looks so good, well done dear! x
bisous

Heather said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! This looks amazing!

Marie said...

Yum! Looks so good!
xx Marie

Not Just A Pretty Dress said...

Trishie, I love the foodie posts on your blog! Both the pictures and the recipes look amazing! Hope you have a great beginning of the year and I hope 2013 will bring you everythng you wish! Caterina

Natalie said...

These look so pretty! Never tried a turkish delight before!

Sam said...

I've never tried making my own turkish delight before and the store-bought ones are usually far too sweet, I would love to try this one

helen said...

this looks AMAZING. i love pistachios. I love how you sprinkled them on top :)

josephinechoo said...

wow..yummilicious!! you're the girl with talents!

Carrie said...

oh my gosh, this looks sooooooooo freakishly good! what am i saying, all your food looks delicious.

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Stephanie G said...

this looks yummy! actually also one of my secret vices.. i buy mine from the spice shop in market city in chinatown, and have always wondered how they were made! have the best rosewater too.

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Jenee C. said...

So I just read through the instructions very carefully and who knew turkish delights were primarily composed of corn flour! This looks so easy to make too. You're spot on when you ommited any recipes that calls for gelatin. I've had some rather homemade bad turkish delight experiences before. Your photos are gorgeous.

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Sharlynn said...

I've promised myself new recipes every week or other week this year and its going to be seafood white wine spaghetti this week! I've never been a big fan of turkish delight but something soft, sweet and chewy id like right now!

Meryl said...

This looks incredible! I always buy one box every year at Christmas, next year maybe I will try this.

Sunny Sweet Pea said...

I love Turkish Delight!! Can't believe you've shared how to make it. This could be very dangerous!!

Jen | sunny sweet pea xx

Debie Grace said...

This looks easy to do! I will try this as well! Haha :D

Gina Norman said...

turkish delight is so interesting to me. we don't really have it in the states, but when i was in Greece last year i tried it for the first time and i quite liked it.

it's so pretty too! i never thought about making it though, so thank you!

Deezy said...

I've just made this-thankyou! Hubby and I both love Turkish Delight. :)