Daring Cooks’ May 2015 Challenge - Turkish Delight
Brinkmanship. Starting your Daring Cooks challenge with 3hrs to go until the posting deadline. Certainly not a triumph of forward planning!
However, I did, and it's done (sort of). Technically it's not finished but in project management speak I'm classing it as "substantially complete".
|Almost at the magic 127C|Blog-checking lines:
For the Month of May, Rachael from Pizzarossa
challenged us to make candy but not just any candy!
She challenged us to make Turkish Delight, or Lokum.
So I'd better up-front with my confession - I hate Turkish delight. That might have something to do with my slowness in getting around to tackling the challenge - that and a crazy busy time at work.
And before anyone suggests it, my hatred was not because I'd not tried "real" Turkish delight. Yup - tried it, in Istanbul, still hated it. Admittedly marginally less than the Fry's variety, however still at the bottom of my confectionery ranking.
|Cherries and pistachios to add some texture and flavour|
However, Mr E loves Turkish delight - so I'm hoping that he'll take this offering into his work and dispatch with it.
I ended up making 2 batches - the first one turned out OK in the end, but the sugar caramelised too much before I added the cornstarch, so it was golden. I didn't add the fruit I'd been planning, in case it was a burnt disaster, but instead mixed in half a teaspoon of cola flavour, which I thought might complement the caramel under tones.
The second batch I switched to a smaller pan, which seemed to make the difference - I added pistachios, glade cherries and a couple of drops each of rosewater and vanilla.
|Caramel cola - will it set… yes!|
Keep your fingers crossed that it sets / cuts tomorrow!
|Batch 2 underway - just like very sweet wallpaper paste|
Thanks for pushing me out of my comfort (and taste) zone ;o)
|If nothing else, I achieved a good cherry / pistachio distribution!|
PS - it's dairy free and vegan - and the recipe here on the Daring Kitchen website is very thorough and easy to follow