Known as Lokum in Turkey, Turkish Delights were originally made to soften the throat when bogged down with a cold, cough or even just hoarseness. It is, now, usually served with coffee after a meal, in Turkey, with Turkish coffee being quite bitter.
During the 15th century, although these delights were made without gelatin, the Sultan of Turkey had these made to quell the bickering and fighting in his harem of woman. CANDY DID THAT ? Stopping dozens of women from bickering? Men, time to start making these miracle “pills”.
Raspberry Turkish Delights
Although Turkish in origin, it was an Englishman who first coined the name in the 1800s. You have eaten this confection without even knowing it. Do you know those chocolate covered, jelly-like confections you find in a box of chocolates? You know, the ones you buy your sweetheart on Valentines Day but end up eating half of them while she is sleeping? Those are Turkish Delights!
1 1/2 c. water
3 c. sugar
3 T. corn syrup
1 c. fresh raspberries
3 (.25 oz.each) envelopes unflavored gelatin
3/4 c. cornstarch
1/2 c. cold water
2 t. vanilla
1.4 c. hazelnuts, optional
Powdered sugar for dusting
Pulse raspberries inn a food processor or blander for 30 seconds. Transfer to a fine mesh strainer and strain juice from pulp; save juice, discard pulp. Bring 1 1/2 c. water, sugar, and corn syrup to a boil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Cook, stirring frequently, until it rapidly boils for 3 minutes; set aside and cover.
Sprinkle raspberry juice with gelatin, and set aside. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 1/2 c. cold water until smooth and stir into hot corn syrup mixture. Place over medium-low heat, and simmer, stirring gently, until very thick.
Remove syrup from heat, stir in raspberry juice mixture and vanilla. Sprinkle a 8×8-inch pan generously with powdered sugar. Pour the Turkish delight into the pan, and let cool in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) until set, 3 to 4 hours. When almost set, place a hazelnut onto the top of delight about where the center of each square may be when you are ready to cut.
When cool, sprinkle the top with another thick layer of powdered sugar. Cut into 1-inch squares, and dredge each well with confectioners’ sugar. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.