true turkish delight

turkey tea manIt was confectioner Haci Bekir who first perfected sade lokum, known to the world as Turkish Delight.

In fact, his family still runs the store that he first opened in 1777, but if you can’t make it to Istanbul or want to re-live your Turkey travel memories at home, here’s a delicious recipe to try…

Lokum – Turkish Delight
500g/18oz sugar
600ml/20 oz water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons rose-water
60g/20 oz cornflour
icing sugar (confectioners sugar)

Lay a piece of muslin in a tin (about 20 sq cm) and dust it with cornflour.
Boil the sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan, stirring constantly.
In a separate bowl, stir the rose-water in with the flour, then slowly pour the flour into the saucepan, stirring all the while over a medium heat.
When the mixture thickens to jelly, pour it into the tin and let it cool. Once cool, turn it on to a bench dusted with icing sugar. Cut into squares and cover generously with more icing sugar.
If you want to add nuts or fruit, mix them in once you’ve removed the lokum from the stove.

This recipe appeared in Lonely Planet’s World Food Turkey.

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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