For the Month of May, Rachael from Pizzarossa challenged us to make candy but not just any candy!She challenged us to make Turkish Delight, or Lokum.
Turkish delight, my neighbor girlfriend when I was young, bought it sometimes. In my memories, it was very, very sweet and sticky and not quite my taste. At that time at least.
Since we moved, I have never tasted it. And when I saw it in the Turkish shop in the centre I didn't had the feeling that I shoudl try it either. It became a thing I think.
But, as the Daring Cooks ask you to make it, you've got to give it a try, of course. Otherwise it wouldn't be a challenge. Making Turkish delight was surprisingly easy. Although I did not completely follow the recipe as was given.
I want you to make it as simple as possible for you to try out the recipe too and cream of tartar isn't easily available around here
After some research, I came to gelatin as a substitute, which can be bought in any supermarket. And I have added tasty walnuts from our own garden.
The taste was a soft caramel with nuts. Very tasty and sweet. But definitely worth a try, because the flavor was quite good.
- You use gelatin in this recipe it isn't entirely vegetarian. If you want a vegetarian version, replace the 8 gelatine sheets with 3 grams of agar. If you use gelatine powder instead of sheets use 12 grams of gelatine powder for this recipe.
- By using walnuts this is not a nut-free recipe. You can make a nut-free version by replacing the walnuts with cranberries or make a chocolate version.
- You cover the tin with plastic, your Turkish delight is easy to take out of the tin.
- You didn't use food coloring your Turkish delight wil turn yellow instead of red as seen in traditional stores. You can add a drop of red food coloring if you wish though.
Recipe: Turkish delight with orange and walnuts