Make This Narnia-Inspired Turkish Delight for the HolidaysDecember 2, 2014
In C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Turkish Delight was mentioned more than enough times to make anyone’s mouth water. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that it was one of my biggest takeaways from the book. In a high school literature exam, we were asked what we learned from the novel, and all I could think about was that damned Turkish Delight Edmund Pevensie stuffed excessively in his mouth.
Also known as “lokum” these addicting, gelatinized cubes sport a gummy interior similar to that of jellybeans. They are dusted with powdered sugar, reminiscent of a light snowy day with snowflakes pitter-pattering on your nose. Most Turkish Delight recipes make use of rosewater, lemons, and even pomegranate to flavor these jelly cubes, but in our recipe, a simple vanilla plays second fiddle to the stronger almond flavor.
Make sure that the jelly is firm and completely cooled before cutting them into squares and dusting them with powdered sugar. Store in airtight mason jars and you’ve got some awesome holiday presents for your loved ones…or for your sweet tooth.
Total Time: 4 hours 40 mins (40 minutes cooking, 4 hours cooling) |
Yield: Around 1-2 dozens, estimated (depending on thickness of cut)
- 2 1/2 cups cold water
- 3/4 cup cornstarch, plus 1/2 cup for dusting candy squares
- 3 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 drops red or pink liquid food coloring
- cooking spray, or cooking oil (light taste, like canola) for greasing pan
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Pour the water and cornstarch into a very large glass bowl and whisk until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
- Microwave for 2 minutes then whisk until smooth. Microwave again until the mixture starts to turn opaque about 2 minutes and whisk again until thick.
- Add sugar and corn syrup and heat for 5 minutes in microwave, remove, then whisk until smooth. Repeat this step twice, whisking every 5 minutes. Caution: mixture Will be extremely hot.
- At the third repetition, add in the extracts and food coloring and make sure color is evenly distributed. Heat for 5 more minutes and mixture should be very thick and tacky.
- Pour mixture into a well-greased loaf pan or 9×9 inch pan. Spread evenly using a greased spoon or spatula.
- Allow candy to set at room temperature, about 2-4 hours/
- Once completely cooled and firm, dust with powdered sugar and cut into squares before consuming.