If you, like me, grew up reading the classic children’s story The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, you will remember Turkish Delight. This is the sweet treat that the White Witch gives to Edmund and uses as incentive for him to help carry out her plans.
I was always curious what it tasted like, until one day I was able to find some at Pike Place Market. I fell in love with the rose flavor – it tastes like a rose smells!
So when I noticed that the recipe seemed fairly simple, I thought I would give it a try myself. The only unique ingredient is rose water, and I was able to find this at Whole Foods (you can probably also find it at a Middle Eastern market).
Rose water is also good added to water with a bit of sugar and ice cubes. I’m excited to think about ways to incorporate it in other recipes as well!
Now I will be honest with you – I would rate the difficulty level of this recipe as intermediate at least. The first time I made it the candy turned out lumpy and hard in some places. I figured out what I was doing wrong, and the second batch (pictured) was a vast improvement. If you are going to give this a try, I would recommend researching in a couple different places and reading up on tips for success, and also be prepared that you might have to try a couple times.
The recipe I used (and it’s a good one) is located here. In addition to this, here are a couple things to keep in mind:
- I used 2 Tablespoons of rose water because I like the floral flavor
- Do not let the cornstarch mixture overcook and become too hard – cook it on low and as soon as you see it begin to thicken (even if it’s barely started boiling) begin to add the sugar
- Add the sugar very slowly, and whisk like your life depends on it
Good luck! If you make this recipe I would love to hear how it turns out for you! This is a really unique candy, and I just love the rose flavor.
I am packing now for a short trip with my church, so won’t be blogging for several days. I hope you all have a great upcoming weekend!