I think The Chronicles of Narnia sparked this interest in wanting to taste something I’d read about before I even realized it. For the longest time, I didn’t even know it was a real dessert since I’d never heard of it before. Seeing it in the movie only made the craving worse. I mean, this dessert is apparently good enough to cause you to betray your family and spark an entire war between magical/mythical creatures. I’m sure plenty of other people have lived with this struggle for quite a while now, so I’m glad to say this is a pretty easy dessert to make. If you try it out, share your thoughts and pictures!
“The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle on to 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 Edmond and never tasted anything more delicious.”
1 1/2 cups water
3 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons orange zest
3 (.25 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts
confectioners’ sugar for dusting
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.
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.
Remove syrup from heat, stir in orange juice mixture, vanilla, and pistachios. Sprinkle a 8×8-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.
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.