How to make it

  • Place the sugar, 285ml (½ pint) water, and lemon juice in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture boils.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer gently, without stirring, until the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage 114 - 118°C (238 - 245°F). The sugar mixture will form a soft ball which can be squashed flat.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • In a second large heavy saucepan over medium heat, stir together 225g (8oz) cornflour and the cream of tartar.
  • Gradually stir in the remaining water until no lumps remain.
  • Stir constantly, until the mixture boils and forms a thick, gluey paste.
  • Slowly pour the hot sugar syrup into the cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring often, to prevent sticking, for about 1 hour, or until the mixture has become a pale golden colour.
  • Stir in the rosewater and add food colouring (if used).
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin and spread evenly.
  • Cool to room temperature, uncovered, allow to stand overnight to set.
  • Sift the icing sugar and a little cornflour onto a large cutting board.
  • Turn out and cut into 1-inch squares with an oiled knife.
  • Roll pieces in the icing sugar mixture to coat well.
  • Store in an airtight container with sheets of waxed paper, dusted with the sugar mixture, separating every layer.
  • Makes approx.80 pieces.

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  • dancingfox 8 years ago
    For some reason this came out extremely too wet and soupy for me... It was like sloppy jello. I'm not sure if I had the conversions of the measurements off or what.
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  • sheshe 10 years ago
    GASP! dis reminds me of wen i was in 7th grade n my teacher gave us Turkish Delights cuz we were readin "The lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe" n dey were in da book. OOH! i cant wait 2 try these out!
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    " It was excellent "
    juliecake ate it and said...
    A real "delight"! Thank you.
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    " It was excellent "
    mumtazcatering ate it and said...
    hi thanks for the recipe will be trying it soon. are you no longer on site? missing your recipes
    enjoy your day
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  • karmen 11 years ago
    hey :)
    in Lebanon we call them smth like "rahat lookum" actually the raha is the cookie eaten with the delights which are called hal'ooon
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  • amina 11 years ago
    Hello, I'm from Azerbaijan.That is something we call Rahat Lookum.I looove it!
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    " It was excellent "
    berry ate it and said...
    Yes... that's true... little squares of bliss!
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  • dixiejet 11 years ago
    I LOVE these. I lived in Turkey for awhile and visited again a few yeara ago and I never could get enough. They're easier to make than most folks think. I even have the rosewater, but I'll make these when I'm off my diet or I will eat the entire pan. lol !
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