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A Tasty Turkish Dessert Recipe

 This dessert is known by those who have read the book “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” In the story, Edmund betrays his family for a box of these tasty treats. How could something be so good that it would cause you to betray your family? Well, while we can’t promise something quite so magical, we can promise a delightfully soft and chewy sweet that’s better than any store-bought version you’ve encountered.
 
Turkish Delight (Makes 12 Servings)
Ingredients
• 1 ½ cups water
• 3 cups granulated sugar 
• 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 
• ½ cup orange juice 
• 3 tablespoons orange zest 
• 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin 
• ¾ cup cornstarch 
• ½ cup cold water
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• ¾ cup chopped pistachio nuts 
• Confectioner’s sugar for dusting 
 

Directions

1. Bring 1½ cups of water, sugar, and corn syrup to the boil over a medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Cook, stirring frequently until the temperature reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit (115 degrees Celsius) on a candy thermometer. Set aside and keep hot.

2. Mix together the orange juice and orange zest, sprinkle with gelatin, and then set aside.

3. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in ½ cup cold water, then stir into hot syrup. Place over a low-medium heat, and simmer, stirring gently, until very thick.

4. Remove the syrup from the heat, stir in the orange juice mixture, vanilla and pistachios. Sprinkle an 8x8-inch pan with confectioner’s sugar. Pour the Turkish delight into the pan, and let it cool in a cool, dry place (not the fridge) until set, 3-4 hours.

5. When cool, sprinkle the top with another thick layer of powdered sugar. Cut into 1-inch squares and dredge each one with confectioner’s sugar. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.


Source: allrecipes
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