Homemade Turkish Delight


Turkish delight is my mother  and my late grandfather’s absolute favourite treat. My grandfather would finish it before it even had time to set properly.

This year I decided that for mother’s day, I would make my mom some Turkish Delight and knit her a scarf. I wanted to show her how very special she is to me and I wanted to spend time in making her something special. I also could not post the recipe before mother’s day as my mother would know that I was making Turkish delight and immediately demand hers (and it would spoil the surprise).


I always thought Turkish Delight would be very difficult to make but it really is surprisingly easy. It does however take a bit of time to set properly – lucky for me I am not a big fan of Turkish Delight so I can make it at home well in advance as there is nobody there to eat it.



25g powdered Gelatine

450ml sugar

250 ml water

5ml Rose Water

 Red /pink food colouring

For dusting:

1 tablespoon cornflour

3 tablespoons icing sugar


  1. Mix the gelatine, water, sugar and rose water in a pot.
  2. Slowly heat the mixture until the sugar and gelatine has dissolved.
  3. Bring to boil and then reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for approximately 25-30 minutes.
  4. Add a few drops of the food colouring to give the Turkish Delight that pinkish colour. ( A step I left out when sharing the recipe with a friend on Instagram).
  5. Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan. I prefer to pour it into the silicone moulds (once it has cooled a bit).
  6. Leave to set for a few hours.
  7. Once it has set, you can press out various shapes with a cookie cutter (hearts, stars etc) or you can just cut it into squares. I had already poured mine into heart and star shaped silicone moulds.20150419_132526
  8. Mix the icing sugar and cornflour and coat the Turkish Delight shapes in the mixture.20150419_172603
  9. I usually place it in a container with the cornflour/icing sugar mixture once it is coated and leave it for about 2 weeks to set properly.20150419_174954


I also love to play with different flavours. I have made almond cherry flavoured Turkish Delight. Instead of Rose Water, I use almond essence and then chop cherries into the mixture. I have also made orange flavoured Turkish delight covered in chocolate.

Pop on over to the Domesticated Princess’s blog to see the Turkish Delight that she made


6 thoughts on “Homemade Turkish Delight”

  1. Turkish delight reminds me of breastfeeding. For some or other reason the hubster bought me laods of that when I breastfed until I admitted that I actually can’t stand it. That was when I had baby no. 3. Thinking of it now, I’m sure someone must have told him some breastfeeding myth. Hahahaha…

    Saved the recipe and will be trying it sometime. The kids always have market days and I’m running out of ideas. I may just find that I actually like your recipe and eat it willingly.

    Thanx for sharing 😀

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