Turkish Delight

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YES! I did indeed make Turkish Delight, just like in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe:

The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle onto the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very center and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – page 38

I was so excited when I found this recipe in an old cookbook my grandma gave me, called “Mennonite Community Cookbook.” (Here’s an Amazon listing for it.)

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  • 3 tablespoons gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 orange
  • 1 cup nuts (optional)
  • Red or green food coloring
  • {confectioner’s sugar to coat}

Soften gelatin in cold water. Combine sugar and hot water and heat to boiling. Cook for 10 minutes and add gelatin. Simmer slowly for another 10 minutes. Add fruit juice and rind and red or green coloring as desired. Strain into a loaf pan, large enough that the depth of the mixture will be approximately 1 inch. Add chopped nuts if desired. Chill until firm and cut into squares. Roll in confectioner’s sugar.

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(I apologize, but I do not yet know how to make a printable recipe thingy like in professional food blogs. I know, it’s terrible. Awful. *Muffled laughter* Ahem.)

So Turkish Delight wasn’t at all how I pictured it. I pictured it kind of creamy and puffy, like tiramisu or meringue or something. Actually it’s more like glorified jello. XD It tastes kind of like a citrus gummy (you know the orange slice kind) rolled in confectioner’s sugar. It’s yummy though! I could use a piece right now…

Grating the lemon and orange rinds:

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Turkish Delight (1)

Turkish Delight (2)

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Mixing it all up: (I think red is a more traditional color, but I didn’t have any red food coloring, so I used green. :/ )

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It looks like this after straining. (Okay, that sounded really weird. You don’t actually have to exert yourself, I just meant it looks like this after straining the rinds out. Much better. XD )

Turkish Delight (3)

The finished product! This would be a great snack to have at a Narnia party.

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Notes:

  • Turkish Delight is super sticky. Possibly the stickiest candy ever, at least before you coat it in confectioner’s sugar. 😛 Keep a close eye on your pan while the candy is cooking so it won’t boil over like mine did. Heh heh. But don’t worry – soak your dishes in warm, soapy water and the stickiness will dissolve.
  • I kept the leftover strained rinds because they are really yummy! They’re pretty much candied lemon and orange peels after soaking in that sweet juice. Mmmmm!
  • If you’re making this for a Narnia party, you could serve it in a round box like in the book. You may also want to label it “Non-Enchanted Turkish Delight” just for clarification. You wouldn’t want any of your guests to turn traitor, now would you?

Does this look yummy, or does this look YUMMY?! Do you think you’ll make Turkish Delight? Do you like the Narnia Series?

***Allison***

P. S. Guess what I’m doing tomorrow? I’ll tell you in the next post. Mwahahahaha! (Hint: it’s not exactly fun. At all.)

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55 thoughts on “Turkish Delight

  1. YUMMY! I love Turkish delight – and the Narnia series! I thought that they were puffy too, until I tried some a few years ago. 🙂

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  2. Oooh! (My standard greeting XD )
    This definitely looks YUMMY! 😛 I love Narnia- I’ve got to try this sometime. 😉

    -Clara ❤

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  3. That looks super yummy! I always thought that in the movie it looked really yummy, have you seen it? I haven’t read the books though… It would probably be fun to make, but since my brother and I have braces, I don’t think that would be the best idea! 😉 Oh well… maybe in two years, LOL! 😛

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    1. Yeah! I’ve seen the movie but I don’t really remember what the candy looked like. You should read the books! They’re great!
      Oh yeah. :/ But actually my brother and sister have braces and they ate it just fine – although it probably WOULD be a little sticky.

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  4. Yum! I need to try this… I love Narnia! I actually read all seven books in two days once…. *sheepish grin* I insanely fast…

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  5. This looks so great! (And the recipe actually is all things that I have.) 🙂 Do you mind if I repost the recipe on my blog? If you don’t want me to, that is totally fine.

    Love in Christ,
    ~Elise

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  6. And about the print thingy-at the end of the post it has the option to print, so yes, you do have the option to print it! It is right above ‘like’ next to ‘facebook’.

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    1. Oh yeah, you’re right! But you know how professional blogs have a print button that prints just the recipe instead of the whole page? That’s what I was thinking of. 😉 But yeah, I guess I do have a print button!

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