Turkish Delight (Lokum) Recipe




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How to make this simple addictive confectionary as featured in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment

the recipe was found on abc.net.au, further recipes and variants can be found with Google.

Ingredients (refer to the picture):
  • 4 cups white sugar ($1.50/kg)
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup cornflour ($2/kg)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1.5 tablespoons rosewater ($1/50mL)
  • red food colouring ($1/50mL)
  • 1 cup icing sugar

  • 2 pans
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons
  • cake pan (square preferrable)
  • knife
  • stiring spoons

Step 2: Dissolve Sugar Into Water

Add 1.5 cups of water to a pan and dissolve all of the sugar over low heat. If the liquid starts boiling lower the heat. Add the lemon juice to the dissolved sugar

Step 3: Mix Cornflour Into Water

Mix cornflour and cream of tartar into remaining water to make a smooth viscous liquid. Heat the liquid until it comes to a boil and thickens.

Step 4: Combine Sugar and Cornflour Solution

Mix the sugar and cornflour solution and add the cream of tartar, whisk till it forms a paste. It should go slightly milky in color.

Add the rose water and food coloring.

Step 5: Pour Syrup Into Shallow Dish

Line a shallow dish (approximately 30mm) with aluminium foil; this will make it easy to remove.

Pour the Turkish delight mix into the dish and refrigerate it overnight.

Step 6: Cut Into Squares

Remove the Turkish delight from the dish, peel the foil away from the sides.

Cut the Turkish delight into approximately 30mm squares.

Step 7: Coat With Icing Sugar

Finally, coat the squares in icing sugar. This stops them from sticking and looks nice.



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      61 Discussions


      3 years ago

      I should try this! Looks delicious!


      3 years ago

      If you are not already an experienced candy maker, this recipe omits many important steps. Here is one with more complete instructions: http://candy.about.com/od/sugarcandy/r/turkish_delight.htm


      3 years ago

      In Washington state, a candy company makes these, they call them Aplets and Cotlets and berry delights. They're my favorite!


      3 years ago

      Canınız lokum çektiğinde yapmanız gereken tek şey www.sugarworld.com.tr adresine girip lokum sipariş vermektir.

      It's looks EXACTLY like the Turkish delight from Narnia that Edmund eat. I WANT TO MAKE THIS!!!!!!!!


      6 years ago on Introduction

      This recipe is one of the worst written recipes I have ever had the misfortune of using - bar none. I am neither being nice nor not nice, just telling the truth. So here goes with the constructive details.

      The ONLY way that this recipe works is to go and find the instructions on another website. Here's why:

      Recipe tells you to let the sugar dissolve and if the liquid starts to boil lower the heat. OK, so the sugar is dissolved. NOWHERE in these useless instructions does it say to make a syrup with the sugar.
      Then it tells you to add the cornflour mix and then just incorporate and then turn it out. Nowhere does it say that you need to do that over heat for an extended period of time
      I used expensive organic ingredients and had to throw the whole lot away. I just finished making a SUCCESSFUL batch from a recipe on about.com.

      If that qualifies as not nice and I get banned from this site, so be it. But frankly I am not going to sugar coat the feedback on what was the most poorly written recipe I have ever used (that incidentally cost me about $10.


      9 years ago on Introduction

      For those of you who are wondering, Turkish delight tastes like a marriage between jello and gummy bears. The flavor is delicate, usually either lemon  or rose. It's powdery at first and when you bite into it, there is only just enough resistance; not too much like gummy bears and not too little like jello. It's a bit sticky as you chew, but dissolves quickly in your mouth. It's very satisfying to eat, yet leaves you wanting more. 

      3 replies

      9 years ago on Introduction

      In all the movies ive seen, and books ive read, it seems that alot of the times this is eaten, its by evil people. Kinda weird. Are you people all antagonists? :O

      2 replies

      Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

      Hi rjhw1

      I'll tell you my theory about that one:

      Turkish delight is an 'oriental' sweet. The Romantic English writers, fathers of modern fantasy (e.g. J. R. R. Tolkein and C. S. Lewis), though they were intelligent and insightful people, were not the most enlightened of multiculturalists.

      They had a very affectionate notion of proper, traditional, English things like beer, valour and buttered toast. Anything un-English, though it might be very admirable, or impressive, was nevertheless looked on with a certain amount of suspicion.

      You will notice that the reinforcements who came to join the baddies in The Lord of the Rings, for example, all came from the South and the East. The heroes were the good old country shire folk with their broad English dialects. The Calormenes in the Chronicles of Narnia were dark and treacherous merchants and politicians who looked and dressed like Turks, ate their bread with oil, mistreated their animals and hated the chivalrous and fair-skinned people of Narnia.

      It's an intellectual failing known as 'orientalism', or more basically, the failure to identify with people of other human cultures as equal and essentially similar to yourself.

      I hope nobody finds this comment offensive. I am of mixed ethnic background and have lived in both England and the Middle East, which is why I identify with the issue. I should add for the record, that I loved the Narnia books as a child, and think they contain a lot of beautiful and insightful writing.

      I also love both lokum (real turkish delight) and real ale!

      -- wilderness


      8 years ago on Step 6

      Um, mine wont thicken properly, did I do something wrong?
      It's the consistency of Vaseline mixed with semi hardened jello and this is the second time that this has happened, I tried to boil it longer this time but it's still not quite stiff enough to cut, so of you can help, that would be great thanks! :)


      8 years ago on Step 4

      also is it meant to be a bit lumpy?before it looked like vaseline or hairgel and now that i combined it is a bit lumpy. normal or no? ciao


      8 years ago on Step 4

      umm.... why do we add another lot of cream of tartar when we did it in the previous step?please reply ASAP. ciao.


      Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

      Thanks for clearing that up, Matth.  I wasn't sure what cornflour was either.

      Along those lines, those who don't know, icing sugar in the UK is called powdered or confectioners sugar in the US