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Turkish Delight

Everyone loves turkish delight and this home made version will not disappoint.


  • 4 cups sugar

  • 3 .5 cups water

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • .75 cup cornstarch

  • .75 cup orange juice

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pistachio nuts

  • .75 cup confectioner's sugar

  • .5 cup toasted coconut flakes


  • 1.

    In a large saucepan, mix together the sugar, water, and lemon. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and gently simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

  • 2.

    Combine cream of tartar, cornstarch and orange juice in a cup. Slowly whisk it into the simmering sugar mix. Raise heat and stir often until a candy thermometer registers 112C/233F to 115C/239F. A drop in cold water should form a soft ball.

  • 3.

    Remove from heat, and stir in the nuts and coconut.

  • 4.

    Pour into a greased 20 centimeter / 8 inch square cake pan. Chill.

  • 5.

    Cut into 2.5 centimeter / 1 inch squares with a sharp knife or scissors. Roll the squares in the sugar to coat. Let rest for a few hours. Roll in more sugar.

  • 6.

    Cut 12.5 x 12.5 centimeter (5 x 5 inch) squares of wax paper. Roll each piece of candy tightly in the paper and twist ends shut (like taffy). Store pieces in a covered container in the refrigerator.

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