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In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I first heard of Turkish Delight – something the English apparently have fairly frequently. I remember when I first read the series, I wondered about it, and wondered what it was.

Well, it’s a perfectly nauseatingly (to me) sweet concoction. I looked and found a fairly authentic recipe on About.com. For those who like horridly sweet things, here it is:

Turkish Delight – Lokum

By Saad Fayed, About.com

Turkish Delight is a candy that originated in Turkey in the 1700’s. The candy was featured in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, by C.S Lewis. The White Witch tempted a character, Edmund, with Turkish Delight. This easy Turkish Delight recipe will tempt you, too!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Ingredients:

4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups cornstarch
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
4 1/4 cups water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons rosewater
1 cup confectioners sugar
Vegetable oil or shortening

Preparation:
In a 9 inch baking pan, grease the sides and bottom with vegetable oil or shortening. Line with wax paper and grease the wax paper.

In a saucepan, combine lemon juice, sugar and 1 1/2 cups water on medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer, until the mixture reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine cream of tartar, 1 cup corn starch and remaining water in saucepan over medium heat. Stir until all lumps are gone and the mixture begins to boil. Stop stirring when the mixture has a glue like consistency.

Stir in the lemon juice, water and sugar mixture. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for 1 hour, stirring frequently.

Once the mixture has become a golden color, stir in rosewater. Pour mixture into wax paper lined pan. Spread evenly and allow to cool overnight.

Once it has cooled overnight, sift together confectioners sugar and remaining cornstarch.

Turn over baking pan containing Turkish delight onto clean counter or table and cut with oiled knife into one inch pieces.

Coat with confectioners sugar mixture. Serve or store in airtight container in layers separated with wax or parchment paper.

No, I haven’t tried it, so I don’t know how it really tastes. It’s just too sickly sweet for me.

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Cribbed from Meg’s blog:

The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. This list is in no particular order.

1. The Bible – spiritual answers to my most perplexing problems
2. Mindhunter series by John Douglas – profiling at it’s very best
3. The Scapetta series by Patricia Cornwell – forensics well and interestingly done
4. The Robe (and other books) by Lloyd C. Douglas (he is a distant uncle)
5. The Silver Chalice by Thomas Costain
6. The Future History Series by Robert Heinlein
7. The Robot series by Isaac Asimov
8. The Harry Potter series by J. B. Rowling
9. The Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
10. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
11. The Sister Pelegia series by Boris Akunin
12. The Turn-Around by Vladimir Volkoff
13. Shakespeare – plays and poetry
14. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – every Southerner’s favorite “wish this had been reality” fantasy
15. The Dragon Rider series by Anne McCaffrey

I can think of about 30 more within the 15 minutes! I’m a voracious and omnivorous reader. I used to read cereal boxes if there were no other reading matter around!

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