In preparation for seeing the The Chronicles of Narnia tomorrow, I decided to finally research what Turkish Delight is…(yeah, I never really knew, it just sounded good).
“Turkish Delight, or lokum, is a confection made from starch and sugar. It is often flavored with rosewater or lemon, the former giving it a characteristic pale pink color. It has a soft, sticky consistency, and is often packaged and eaten in small cubes that are dusted with sugar to prevent sticking.”
“The history of lokum dates back 500 years, making it one of the oldest sweets in the world. Turkish legend has it that in his endeavor to cope with all his mistresses, a Turkish sultan summoned all his confectionery experts and ordered them to produce a unique dessert to add to the collection of secret recipes for which he was famous. As a result of extensive research lokum was born.”
I also found a recipie that I want to try..
2 cups sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup water
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 tbsp Flavoring *
Food coloring **
1/2 cups Toasted nuts, chopped ***
*Flavorings: rose water, strawberry, orange, lemon
**Food Coloring: red, yellow, green or orange
***Nuts: almonds or pistachios
Dissolve sugar and cornstarch in water. Add cream of tartar. Boil to 220 degrees F. Cover pot the last 5 minutes. Add flavor and food coloring. Add nuts. Pour into greased shallow pan. When cool, cut into small squares and roll each piece in sifted powdered sugar. Store in plastic bag.
From: The Complete Greek Cookbook, by Theresa Karas Yianilos, Avenel Books, New York.