Loukoumia (Greek Version Of Turkish Delight)

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"After reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series, I was intrigued with Turkish Delight. I had never heard of it nor eaten it before. Much later, my son spent a year as an exchange student in Zimbabwe and had a chance to try it. I have tried it in the meantime, and it's pretty good! So here's a chance to make a different version of the elusive T.D."

Original recipe yields 49 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (16.4 g)
  • Calories 38.6
  • Total Fat - 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 1.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 9.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0 g
  • Sugars - 9.2 g
  • Protein - 0 g
  • Calcium - 0.4 mg
  • Iron - 0 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Slightly dampen two 7-inch square pans with water.

Step 2

Place sugar and all but 4 tablespoons of the water in a heavy saucepan. Heat gently, low heat and stir occasionally until all the sugar has been dissolved.

Step 3

Blend the gelatin and rest of water in a small bowl. Put the bowl in a small pan and heat gently, low heat, stirring often until all the gelatin has been dissolved.

Step 4

Bring the sugar syrup to boiling and keep boiling for about 8 to 10 minutes until the syrup registers 260ºF on a sugar thermometer.

Step 5

Stir cream of tarter into gelatin mixture, then pour into the boiling syrup. Stir until it is well blended, then remove from heat.

Step 6

Add the rose water and the 2 drops of red food coloring (more drops if you want deeper color). Pour the mixture into the dampened pans and let sit for several hours or even overnight.

Step 7

Dust a sheet of waxed paper with some of the confectioners sugar and cornstarch. Dip the base of the pan in hot water, invert on the sugared waxed paper. Cut into 1 inch squares using an oiled knife. Store in an airtight container.

Tips & Variations

  • Cake pans - 7 inch square or similar
  • Waxed paper
  • Variations: use different flavorings and colors - lemon, mint, orange. You could even add chopped pistachio nuts.