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Turkish Delight Recipe
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Turkish Delight

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"This dessert is slightly exotic and is known by many people who have read the book 'The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe'. This would do well for a tea party, a holiday party, or even if you just wanted to surprise someone."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    3 hrs 30 mins


  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, and corn syrup to a boil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Cook, stirring frequently, until the temperature reaches 240 degrees F (115 degrees C) on a candy thermometer. Set aside and keep hot.
  2. Stir together orange juice and orange zest, sprinkle with gelatin, and set aside. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 1/2 cup cold water, then stir into hot syrup. Place over medium-low heat, and simmer, stirring gently, until very thick.
  3. Remove syrup from heat, stir in orange juice mixture, vanilla, and pistachios. Sprinkle a 8x8-inch pan generously with confectioners' sugar. Pour the Turkish delight into the pan, and let cool in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) until set, 3 to 4 hours.
  4. When cool, sprinkle the top with another thick layer of powdered sugar. Cut into 1-inch squares, and dredge each well with confectioners' sugar. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 14, 2007

This is really good and easy! One note: after adding the cornstarch, it never did get "very thick". It got thicker than it previously had been, but not anything close to what I'd call very thick. I thought I'd done something wrong and ruined it, but it set up just fine and everyone loved it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 31, 2009

I had to throw away the pan that I made this candy in - the recipe is ALL WRONG. After having this experience, I did some further research and found out that 1) you should oil your pan before putting the candy in 2) it should sit overnight in a refrigerator and 3) the author of this recipe neglects to mention that you have to simmer the sugar water mixture for one hour. If I had known this ahead of time, I would have prepared for it.


21 Ratings

Jul 29, 2007

Traditionally this is flavored with Rose Water, which is kind of hard to get in the States. Turkish Delight is very popular in Australia. I've always loved it, but it is definitely a acquired taste. If you can get the rose water, try that instead of the citrus flavoring.

Mar 16, 2007

I made this recipe for my daughter's 4th grade class, as they are having a book-club discussion on "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"--so this was the perfect opportunity to try making Turkish Delight. It is an interesting recipe--with 3/4 c cornstarch plus gelatin plus sugar water boiled to 240, the likelihood that this will at least "gel" is pretty good, which was reassuring to me. The texture was somewhere between jello-squares and gum-drops, very sticky stuff (when it says to be generous with the powdered sugar--be generous)! The color was a pale orange; if I made it again, I would add orange food coloring. The taste was orange-y, and not bad, but odd to me. Maybe I'm jaded by chocolate fudge and candies like divinity, but the sweet, sugary flavor I expected was not as pure--either the flavor of the cornstarch tainted it, or the orange flavor wasn't strong enough. If I made it again, I would either add more OJ or add orange extract. I did use fresh orange zest--which made for an interesting, sort of chunky texture--and maybe dried zest would have given more flavor per Tbsp. Unless I have a specific reason--like a CS Lewis book club--I don't think I'll be making this again. It was pretty time consuming, and the results were a bit disapointing.

Mar 25, 2008

I'm giving this recipe five stars for the fun and ease of the recipe, not necessarily because I think it's the yummiest thing! In fact, I don't like it at all! :) I made this for a "Narnia Party" and it was a huge hit to have some Turkish Delight. Only some of the kids liked it and none of the adults. I followed the recipe exactly except I substituted walnuts for the pistachios. Like other reviewers, I too noticed that the mixture doesn't get "very thick", rather it gets more like the consistency of gravy. It sets up just fine though after several hours. Do make sure to put down a think layer of powdered sugar and generously coat each piece afterwards.

May 04, 2008

Made it and it is a very old fashioned sweetie. We are too used to jell-o and cool whip to fall in love with the old sweeties again! So sad! Are there any other flavors? I can't have oranges very often. 5 stars for as close to the old way as we can get!

Nov 02, 2007

I made this for my son's birthday treat to take to class. He loves it and so does my husband, but it was SO much work and it never did get thick while in the pot. I finally just set it out to cool and hoped that it would set overnight. It did - it was kinda fun cutting it up because my son and I thought that the texture was like sticky bulistics gell :) I probably won't make it again anytime soon though.

Jul 02, 2010

This recipe is a disaster. I've tried MANY different recipes, and some came out better than others, but this was one of the worst. First of all, it tastes like jell-o. That is not the traditional taste, neither is the orange flavor. The proportions are wrong, and the directions are extremely unclear. True Turkish Delight takes about two hours to cook, and then another night to set.


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  • Calories
  • 302 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 66.1 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 42 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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