The LiterEATure Series: Turkish Delight, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Hello, lovely readers!

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If you’re a frequent visitor then you’ll have noticed that last month I started a new series on the blog – the LiterEATure series. I’m recreating recipes that have been mentioned in literature, and last month I recreated the avocado recipes in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.

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This month, I’ve decided to focus on material that is slightly less dark, and have taken inspiration from a childhood favourite – C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

I always found the White Witch terrifying as a child (I mean, always winter but never Christmas? Awful) but I could see why Edmund was tempted by Turkish Delight – it is one of my favourite treats.

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I’m particularly fond of rose and pistachio, which is the recipe I recreated below. I love the combination of textures – the soft rose flavor really complements the nutty texture of the pistachios.

The LiterEATure Series: Turkish Delight, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
 
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For the latest recipe in my LiterEATure series, I recreated Turkish Delight from C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Turkish
Serves: 1 Batch
Ingredients
  • Sunflower oil (for greasing)
  • 25g Gelatine
  • 255ml Water
  • 2 tsp Rosewater
  • 450g Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Drops Red Food Colouring
  • 150g Shelled and Slightly Crushed Pistachios
  • 4 tbsp Icing Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
Instructions
  1. Lightly oil a baking tin, and line with parchment paper - set to one side.
  2. On a medium heat pan, mix water, gelatine and sugar until dissolved.
  3. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens - then remove from the heat, and let cool slightly.
  4. Add the rosewater, pistachios and a few drops of food colouring until it becomes a pale pink.
  5. Add a sprinkle of cornflour and sugar to the bottom of the baking tin, and pour the pink mixture in.
  6. Leave to set overnight, or at least for four hours, in a cool, dry place.
  7. Cut into cubes and coat with icing sugar and cornflour.
  8. Store in an airtight container.
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Serving size: 1
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I hope you enjoy the series – if you have any suggestions about which recipe I should recreate next, be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    These look great. Not sure I would be able to recreate them looking so good x

    • Thanks Hannah! Turkish delight is actually so simple to make – and might be great homemade Christmas gifts too! 🙂 xx

  • Laura

    I’ve tried it so many times but I just cant get away with Turkish Delight! xxx

    • Oh no! Maybe this one might be the right recipe? It’s super easy 🙂 Thanks for the comment Laura! xxx

  • This is such a good idea! I love this book and I also love Turkish Delight, I’ve never made my own though, I’d probably suck at it!

    Hayley-Eszti | http://www.hayleyeszti.com

    • The first time I made it, I was shocked by how easy it was – you should definitely try it, Hayley! 🙂 xxx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I really don’t like store bought turkish delight, but I think the homemade stuff tastes amazing. Yours looks beautiful too.

    • Thank you! 🙂 I’m not a fan of store bought here, although I went to Turkey a couple of years ago and brought some back which I loved! xxx