Turkish Delight Recipe

For all of you Turkish Delight lovers out there, try this recipe for a yummy sweet treat. It would be the perfect indulgent sweet to share.

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  • 375g (1 + 3/4 Cups + 2 tbsp) Caster/Superfine Sugar
  • 1 x Lemon, juice only
  • 75g (1/2 Cup + 2 tbsp) Cornflour/Cornstarch, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 25g (3 tbsp) Gelatine Powder
  • 2 tbsp Rose Water
  • Red Food Colouring
  • 200g (1 + 1/2 Cup) Icing Sugar, for dusting/storage

Essential Equipment

  • Large Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Jug
  • 20cm (8″) /Silicone Pan *

*if you don’t have a silicone pan, line a normal baking tin with baking paper and grease/cornflour as per the recipe.


  1. Bring sugar, lemon juice and water to the boil in a large saucepan.
  2. Mix together cornflour, xanthan gum, gelatine and more water in a jug.
  3. Add this to the pan then stir to dissolve the gelatine.
  4. Bring to the boil, stirring often, then simmer until it becomes very thick, glossy and like wallpaper paste.
  5. Allow to cool in the pan for 20-25 minutes then add the rosewater and colouring.
  6. Lightly oil a square silicone pan and coat in cornflour.
  7. Pour the Turkish delight into the pan and set overnight. 
  8. Slice into cubes then leave to sweat at room temperature for 24 hours.
  9. Coat in cornflour and leave until a crust forms.
  10. Roll in icing sugar then store in a metal tin lined with baking paper and icing sugar.
  11. Top with plenty more icing sugar and store in a cool dry place. Or coat in melted dark chocolate for something even naughtier!

Helpful Turkish delight recipe tips

  • Always add water to corn flour and not the other way around. It mixes SO much easier!
  • Make your Turkish delight a slightly darker colour than you want the end product to appear. It lightens slightly once set.
  • Do add your colouring a little at a time though. You can always add more but you can’t take it out!
  • If you’re knife is sticking when slicing up the Turkish delight, you can coat it carefully in a little oil.
  • Store your Turkish delight in a metal container as sugar has a tendency to sweat when stored in plastic.