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Authentic Turkish Delight

A Sweet Symphony of Flavor

Unraveling the Delight of Turkish Delight

Dive into the enchanting world of Turkish delight, a confectionery masterpiece that has charmed palates for centuries. Often associated with the opulent palaces of the Ottoman Empire, this delectable treat is a harmonious blend of delicate flavors and captivating textures. Let’s embark on a journey to discover the art of creating authentic Turkish delight, from its mesmerizing history to the tantalizing process of crafting it at home.

A Sweet Symphony of Ingredients

To create the luscious Turkish delight, gather these components:

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Corn starch
  • Citric acid
  • Red food color
  • Rose flavored food oil

Crafting Turkish Delight: Steps to Sweet Success

  1. Setting the Stage: Begin by adding sugar to a spacious pot. Divide the water into two parts, placing half in the pot and the rest in a separate bowl.
  2. Starch Symphony: In the bowl with water, introduce corn starch and mix it thoroughly.
  3. Heat and Harmony: Place the pot over a gentle flame and add citric acid while stirring. Let the mixture come to a gentle boil, maintaining a constant stirring rhythm.
  4. Starchy Transformation: Introduce the corn starch mixture into the pot and witness the magical transformation as the mixture turns white and thickens. Lower the heat and continue cooking.
  5. The Art of Patience: Allow the mixture to boil and cook off its moisture, a process that requires around 20 minutes. The mixture should shed all excess moisture to achieve the perfect consistency.
  6. Color and Fragrance: Infuse the mixture with a dash of red food color and the enchanting aroma of rose-flavored food oil. Stir the symphony of flavors together.

Creating a Visual Masterpiece: Assembling Turkish Delight

  1. A Dusting of Magic: Blend icing sugar and corn starch in a bowl, creating a velvety mixture.
  2. Building the Canvas: Place a rectangular cake ring onto a wooden chopping board and sprinkle the icing sugar-corn starch mixture, forming a bed for your Turkish delight.
  3. Pouring the Dream: Pour the luscious Turkish delight mixture into the cake ring, smoothing it out with a spatula for an even canvas.
  4. Finishing Flourish: Gracefully sift the icing sugar-corn starch mixture over the Turkish delight, ensuring it’s covered in a delicate layer of sweetness.
  5. Time to Set: Allow the masterpiece to cool and set for around 5 hours. Gently remove the cake ring to reveal the beauty within.
  6. Culinary Crescendo: Turn the Turkish delight over, revealing its smooth underside, and add another layer of the icing sugar-corn starch mixture.
  7. Elegant Slicing: Carefully cut the Turkish delight into enchanting cubes, each harboring the symphony of flavors that make this treat truly magical.

Conclusion: Crafting Sweet Memories

Crafting Turkish delight is an art that fuses history, tradition, and culinary finesse. As you savor each bite of this confection, remember the centuries of tradition and the meticulous process that has gone into creating it. From royal palaces to your very own kitchen, the magic of Turkish delight lives on, delighting generations with its sweet symphony of flavors.

Rose Flavored Turkish Delight

Rose Flavored Turkish Delight

Recipe by George Zolis
5.0 from 1 vote

Indulge in the captivating allure of Turkish delight as we unveil the secret behind its exquisite creation. From the rich history of Ottoman palaces to the comforting embrace of your own kitchen, discover how to craft this sweet symphony of flavors. Join us on a journey through time and taste, as we guide you through the meticulous process of bringing this ancient confectionery delight to life.

Course: DessertCuisine: TurkishDifficulty: Easy


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  • 900 g 31.7 oz Water

  • 900 g 31.7 oz Sugar

  • 150 g 5.3 oz Corn Starch

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 tsp Citric acid

  • Red food color

  • Rose flavored food oil

  • To Assemble
  • 150 g 5.3 oz Icing sugar

  • 50 g 1.8 oz Corn starch

Recipe directions

  • Add the sugar in a big pot. Add half of the water in the pot and the other half in a bowl.
  • Add the corn starch in the bowl and mix.
  • Place the pot over heat.
  • Add the citric acid in the pot and stir. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
  • Add the corn starch mixture into the pot and stir. The mixture will become white and thicken. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Keep cooking until it loses all of its liquids. The boiling process will take approximately 20 minutes. It is crucial for the mixture to lose all of its moisture.
  • Add red food color and mix.
  • Turn off the heat, add rose flavored food oil and mix.
  • To Assemble
  • Mix the icing sugar and corn starch in a bowl.
  • Place a rectangular cake ring over a big wooden chopping board and sift over it the mixture of icing sugar and corn starch to cover the cake ring.
  • Pour the turkish delight mixture into the cake ring and spread it evenly using a spatula.
  • Sift the mixture of corn starch and icing sugar over the turkish delight.
  • Set aside for 5 hours to cool. Then, carefully, cut the edges around the cake ring and remove the cake ring.
  • Turn it over and sift more of the mixture.
  • Cut it into cubes.

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Nutrition Facts

40 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Sodium 1mg 1%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Carbohydrate 29.6g 10%
    • Sugars 26.2g
  • Calcium 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.