As its name would tell you, this Turkish dessert is one you can never ignore. It is one of the most popular Turkish dishes so much so that you often see it even in chocolate flavours in the supermarket. It’s a classic dessert with classic flavours that will surely take you down memory lane.
If you want a simple dessert that will wow your guests for any occasions, try your hands on making this rose-flavoured Middle Eastern dessert.
- 4 ½ cup of water, divided
- 4 cups of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
- 1 ¼ cups of corn starch
- 1 ½ tablespoons of Rosewater
- 3 drops of red food colouring
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Prepare a square-shaped pan (preferably a nine by nine inch) by lining it with aluminium foil and spraying it with non-stick cooking spray or butter. Set aside
- Heat a pot under medium heat and add in sugar, lemon juice and 1 ½ cups of water. Continuously stir until the sugar dissolves, bring the mixture to a boil. Brush down the sides of the pot to avoid crystallisation from the sugar. Let the mixture boil until it reaches a temperature of 130°C. As this process will determine how your Turkish Delight will turn out, it is best to use a food thermometer to make sure you achieve the right temperature.
- Meanwhile, add the remaining water into a separate pot along with the corn starch and cream of tartar. Whisk until the tartar resolve and no ensure that no lumps are formed.
- Bring the tartar mix to boil under medium heat until you achieve a thick and pasty consistency.
- Once the sugar and lemon mixture reaches a temperature of 140°C, pour the sugar mixture into the cream of tartar mixture and whisk until the ingredients are fully combined.
- Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer. Whisk the mixture every 10 minutes for about 1 hour until it turns into a light golden colour with a sticky consistency.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add rosewater and food colouring into the mixture. Mix well.
- Pour the candy into the prepped pan and leave it to set in room temperature overnight.
- Once the candy has set, cut it into a square shape and coat it with powdered sugar.
- Enjoy your Turkish Delight.