Does it really contain only two ingredients? That’s what Farmer’s City Wife of the Exuberant Blog wants to know. She’s also wondering whether Turkish Delight would taste good alongside her favorite snack, peppered beef jerky. Well, I don’t know about the compatibility of Turkish delight and beef jerky, but I can say that the recipe for the former does indeed call for only two ingredients. That is, if you don’t count the optional walnuts and the splendid staple ingredient, sugar. No rose water or bergamot oil needed!
1 package cherry gelatin
1 cup applesauce
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup chopped nuts
Confectioners’ sugar for coating
Bring applesauce to a simmer. Add gelatin and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add granulated sugar and cook over low heat until mixture is well blended. Stir in nuts. (I’ve substituted an equal amount of shredded coconut with good results.) Pour into greased 9” x 5” x 3” loaf pan. Refrigerate until firm and cut into cubes. Roll cubes in confectioners’ sugar. Let set for 24 hours and roll in sugar again. Makes three dozen.
As long as you’re going for flavor and not for authenticity, this Turkish Delight fills the bill. My family loves it, and several friends – including a caterer who knows food – have asked for the recipe.
Turkish Delight is delicious and addictive. Excessive consumption may result in weakened bonds of familial love and loyalty. Siblings beware.