Orange and Pistachio Turkish Delight

    3 hours 30 minutes

    Turkish delight is a great sugary jelly like sweet that is easy to make at home. This version uses orange flavourings and has pistachios in it.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water
    • 3 cups (750g) sugar
    • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) orange juice
    • 3 tablespoons orange zest
    • 25g gelatine
    • 3/4 cup (100g) cornflour
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) cold water
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
    • 3/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts
    • icing sugar for dusting

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:3hours setting  ›  Ready in:3hours30min 

    1. Bring water, sugar and corn syrup to a boil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Cook stirring frequently until the temperature reaches 115 degrees C on a candy thermometer. Set aside and keep hot.
    2. Stir together orange juice and orange zest then sprinkle with gelatine; set aside.
    3. In a small bowl dissolve cornflour in cold water then stir into hot syrup. Place over medium-low heat and simmer stirring gently until very thick.
    4. Remove syrup from heat then stir in orange juice mixture, vanilla and pistachios.
    5. Sprinkle a 30x30cm tray generously with icing sugar.
    6. Pour the Turkish delight into the tray and let cool in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) until set; 3 to 4 hours.
    7. When cool sprinkle the top with another thick layer of icing sugar.
    8. Cut into 2cm squares and dust each well with icing sugar.
    9. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

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    I had to throw away the pan that I made this candy in - the recipe is ALL WRONG. After having this experience, I did some further research and found out that 1) you should oil your pan before putting the candy in 2) it should sit overnight in a refrigerator and 3) the author of this recipe neglects to mention that you have to simmer the sugar water mixture for one hour. If I had known this ahead of time, I would have prepared for it.  -  30 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is really good and easy! One note: after adding the cornstarch, it never did get "very thick". It got thicker than it previously had been, but not anything close to what I'd call very thick. I thought I'd done something wrong and ruined it, but it set up just fine and everyone loved it.  -  14 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Traditionally this is flavored with Rose Water, which is kind of hard to get in the States. Turkish Delight is very popular in Australia. I've always loved it, but it is definitely a acquired taste. If you can get the rose water, try that instead of the citrus flavoring.  -  29 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)