Grandmother's Turkish Delight

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"I was given this by a friend's grandmother who made it for our kids while after they saw Narnia. It is delicous and smells divine because of Rose Water, but be prepared to have a movie on because this is stirred for an hour. This also has to set overnight so make in advance."
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  1. Grease a 13x9 baking pan
  2. Line pan with wax paper
  3. In a sauce pan over medium heat, mix 1 1/4 cup water with lemon juice and granulated sugar.
  4. Stir until sugar dissolves and mixture clarifies
  5. Turn to high heat to reach boiling point, then immediately turn heat to low.
  6. Simmer gently until it thickens to firm-ball state (at 235-245* F) To test: take a small spoonful, drop it in cold water and it should stiffen and be able to be molded into ball shape by hand.
  7. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  8. In a large sauce pan over medium heat mix cream of tartar with 1/2 cup corn startch and 3 3/4 cup water.
  9. Stir out lumps and bring to boil till it thickens and is gluey.
  10. Mix in syrup that was set aside and remaining lemon juice
  11. Stir over heat for 5 minutes
  12. Simmer very gently over low heat for about one hour, stirring frequently.
  13. Once it changes to a golden color mix in rose water while stirring.
  14. Pour into wax paper-lined pan evenly. Should be thick.
  15. Allow to cool overnight covered.
  16. Sift powdered sugar with remaining corn startch and sprinkle on cutting board or wide surface.
  17. Turn over pan of Turkish Delight onto powdered sugar/cornstarch dusted surface.
  18. Spray sharp knife with non-stick spray or lightly oil
  19. Cut into 1-2" square pieces
  20. Dust pieces with corn starch/sugar mix
  21. Can be stored in airtight contained with wax paper in between layers.



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