Turkish Delights from Chronicles of Narnia

“It is dull, Son of Adam, to drink without eating,” said the Queen presently.  “What would you like best to eat?”
     “Turkish Delight, please, your Majesty,” said Edmund.
     “The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle onto the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight.  Each piece was sweet and light to the very center and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious.  He was quite warm now, and very comfortable”

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We all remember the scene in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe where the super evil Snow Queen convinces Edmund to trust her in order to have him betray his siblings. We also remember how magical the turkish delights the Queen creates to lure Edmund, both in writing and in the movie. Sweet, powdery, light, gently perfumed and delicate. Here is how to recreate them. I promise: they taste like forbidden childhood dreams.

Ingredients:

  • sunflower oil, or other neutral-tasting oil, for greasing
  • 25 g powdered gelatine
  • 255 ml water
  • 4 tsp rose water
  • 450g sugar
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • Optional: 3-4 drops red food colouring

Preparation:

  1. Lightly oil a 20x25cm baking tin.
  2. In a large pan, add gelatine, water and rose water and mix.
  3. Add the sugar.
  4. Heat under low fire until the sugar and gelatine have dissolved.
  5. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Turn heat off, stir in the food colouring if you want and let cool for a couple of minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat, stir in the food colouring and leave to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Pour the mixture into the oiled tin and leave to set for about a day.
  9. Cut into squares.
  10. In a large bowl, mix cornflour and icing sugar and toss the squares to coat them.

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