Halva and Other Turkish Delights

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Recently, I’ve been exposing myself to many cultures. Netflix helps me with that. I found a Turkish television series called Çalikuşu or Lovebird in English. In the show, the characters eat a lot of confectionaries (candies), and I thought they looked good enough to write an article about them.

 

Turkish Halva Recipe by GiveRecipe

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup walnuts or peanuts, optional
  • Ground pistachio for topping, optional

 

Procedure:

To start off, a syrup needs to be made and set to the side before the main ingredients can be used. Get a saucepan and boil the water and sugar together. Turn down the heat after it gets to a good boil, and let it simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Now it’s time to make the halva! Get a large pot and melt your butter in it. Once it’s melted, put the flour and your choice of nuts in the pot on medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook for 15 minutes or until it turns golden brown. Turn the fire to its lowest setting and pour the syrup in gently. Stir the pot like crazy as you pour in your syrup. Keep on stirring until the consistency is smooth and thick. Once it has thickened nicely, turn off your heat and remove the pot from the stovetop. Let it cool for about 30 minutes before you try to serve it. If you want to garnish it, you can use the pistachios, some coconut, cinnamon, anything you like! Just make sure to garnish it after it’s cooled. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone knows this next recipe from the movie The Chronicles of Narnia. These are the simple treats that the loser brother, Edmund, sold his siblings out for. Honestly, they sound pretty gross. I don’t know why he would ever ruin everyone’s lives for some rosewater jellies. Anyways, here’s the recipe! Let’s jump right in! Turkish Delight by The Spruce Eats Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of white sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups of water (divided) (not sure what that means…)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp rosewater
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Procedure: Get you a 9 inch by 9 inch pan and line it with aluminum foil. For extra help, spray any non-stick spray you got onto the foil. This recipe doesn’t call for any oven work, so no need to reheat. Set your pan to the side so it’s ready for use. In a medium saucepan, boil the sugar, lemon juice, and only 1.5 cups of water together over medium heat. You’ll need a candy thermometer for this next part, so go to the store and buy one if you don’t have one already. Use a pastry brush (also need to grab at the store) to prevent the sugar from crystallizing on the sides of the pan. Place your thermometer in and let it boil undisturbed until it reaches a temperature of 240 degrees. While it does that, get another saucepan that is even larger than the one you just used. Pour the rest of your water into the pan and put the cornstarch and cream of tartar (I don’t know either) in as well. Use a whisk to mix together and make sure there aren’t any clumps. Put this on the stovetop over medium heat and whisk it until it boils. Whisk it constantly. It should be white and thick. When your syrup over there says 240, take it and carefully pour it into your white goop and stir it with the whisk. Reduce your heat and stir it every once in a while for about an hour or until the goop turns into a golden brown color and is very goopy. Remove from the heat and add in the rosewater and food coloring. Pour it all out into your prepared pan. Leave it there overnight. Rise and shine! It’s time to finish your Turkish Delights! This is the easy part. Take out the red goop with the aluminum foil together. Pour a layer of powdered sugar on your work table where you plan to get dirty. Flip out the jelly onto the sugar. Dust every piece of red with the powdered sugar. Using a knife that has been oiled, cut the jelly into your favorite sizes and shapes. Dust each shape with powdered sugar. Keyfini çıkarın!

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