It 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
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.