Turkish delight recipe. Turkish delight is a classic jelly favorite. For a very special gift, package these home-made treats nicely in a little box with a ribbon wrapped around. These firm jelly sweets are usually dusted with a mixture of icing sugar and cornflour but if you so wish, you may rather dip them in chocolate.

These delights were first made in a sweet shop in Istanbul, Turkey. People wrapped them in lace handkerchiefs and presented them as gifts. Make half with rose water and half lemon-flavored.

turkish delight recipe

Turkish Delight Recipe

A classic jelly delight
4.75 from 20 votes
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Prep Time 1 day 23 hours
Total Time 23 hours
Course Sweets and candies
Cuisine South African
Calories 1745 kcal


  • 3 tbsp gelatin soaked in
  • 4 tbsp water
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup cornflour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 ml rosewater
  • 1 ml pink food coloring
  • tsp citric acid
  • extra cornflour and icing sugar equal amounts


  • Mix sugar, salt, and cornflour in the citric acid.
  • Add ¾ cup water and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Boil for 7 minutes and add lemon juice and gelatin.
  • Pour 200mm thick into a120mm x 200mm greased pan.
  • Allow to stand for 23 hours and cut into squares.
  • Roll in a 50:50 mix of cornflour and icing sugar.
  • For pink sweets, replace lemon juice and citric acid with pink coloring and 2ml rosewater.


Calories: 1745kcalCarbohydrates: 430gProtein: 18gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 400gVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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