How to make Turkish Delight?

Turkish Delight is a traditional dessert in Turkish cuisine. Here is a step-by-step method for making Turkish Delight:


– 3 cups of granulated sugar
– 1.5 cups of water
– 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
– 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1 packet of vanilla sugar
– 1 cup of chopped pistachios (optional)
– Powdered sugar (for dusting)
– Cornstarch (for coating)


1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Stir and boil over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Once the sugar mixture starts boiling, add the lemon juice and continue stirring.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch with water and add it to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue cooking until the mixture thickens and reaches the desired consistency. This process may take about 20-25 minutes.
4. Add the vanilla extract or vanilla sugar and stir well.
5. Pour the cooked mixture into a rectangular or square baking dish lined with parchment paper. Smooth the surface.
6. Optionally, sprinkle chopped pistachios over the top of the Turkish Delight mixture.
7. Allow the mixture to cool completely at room temperature. Then, refrigerate the Turkish Delight for at least 2-3 hours.
8. Once chilled, remove the Turkish Delight from the refrigerator. Using a knife or cookie cutter coated with cornstarch, cut the Turkish Delight into desired shapes.
9. Coat the cut pieces with cornstarch, shaking off any excess.
10. Serve the Turkish Delight by dusting it with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
Note: You can adjust the cooking time and amount of cornstarch to achieve the desired consistency for your Turkish Delight. Additionally, you can experiment with different flavors and ingredients to create various types of Turkish Delight.

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