Lokum: the dessert that accompanies Turkish coffee
Similar to candy, lokums are cube-shaped Turkish treats. They are often served as a snack along with tea. Someone will remember them in the book Chronicles of Narnia (or in the film version): the White Witch bribes little Edmund Pevensie with these sweets.
With a long history dating back as far as the 15th century, lokum represent one of the typical recipes of Turkey. They are also very popular in the United Kingdom, from which they spread throughout Europe in the nineteenth century under the name of Turkish Delight. Let’s find out how to prepare these soft and tasty sweets at home: it’s quick and easy.
How to make lokum at home
Tradition has it that Turkish lokums are served in many different colors. Surely the effect is extraordinary, especially for children, but perhaps the first few times should choose a monochromatic version or almost.
– 850 grams of fine granulated sugar
– 130 gr of corn starch
– 1 liter of water
– 3 tablespoons of powdered gelatin
– 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons of rose essence
– 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
– 1 teaspoon of red food coloring
– Q.b. of powdered sugar
– Q.b. of seed oil for brushing
Let’s start by dissolving the sugar in half a liter of water, letting it cook without stirring until it reaches 120 °. Then we pour the lemon juice and mix.
Meanwhile, in another pot, combine the corn starch, gelatin and cream of tartar. Add the water a little at a time and mix until a compact mixture is obtained. Then we also pour in the remaining water and cook over medium heat for two / three minutes, taking care to continue stirring.
Now is the time to add the sugar syrup to the gelatin and cornstarch mixture, always stirring to prevent lumps from forming. We keep the heat to a minimum and let it cook for about half an hour or until it reaches 110 °.
Now let’s also add the rose essence and the powder dye, continuing to mix. Then transfer the mixture to a square pan, which we will have coated with a little oil and parchment paper. When the mixture is at room temperature, put the pan in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
After the necessary time, with a knife a little greased with oil, cut the mixture into squares of about 3 or 4 cm per side, sprinkling them with icing sugar. Turkish lokums can be served and finally savored!