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Rose and pistachio Turkish delight recipe

Rose and pistachio Turkish delight recipe

16 ratings

Treat your Valentine to some delicately floral and nutty Turkish delight. These colourful sweets make a wonderful homemade gift for friends, family and loved ones. See method

  • Serves 18
  • 4 hrs 05 mins to prepare and 1 hr to cook
  • 177 calories / serving
  • Dairy-free


  • 385g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 50g cornflour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 100g pistachios
  • 2 tbsp rosewater
  • ¼ tsp pink food colouring

To serve

  • 180g icing sugar
  • 20g cornflour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    3g 4%
  • Saturates

    0g 2%
  • Sugars

    34g 38%
  • Salt

    trace 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 38.9g Protein 1.1g Fibre 0.6g


  1. Place the sugar, lemon juice and 160ml of water in a pan over a medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves then cook for 10 minutes or until it reaches 105°C on a sugar thermometer.
  2. Meanwhile, place 50g of the cornflour, cream of tartar and 180ml of water into another saucepan and stir over a medium heat until the mixture thickens to the consistency of glue.
  3. Gradually stir the sugar syrup into the cornflour mixture. Cook over a low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally until the mixture reaches a light golden colour. (It should reach the “soft ball” – 112–115°C – stage on a sugar thermometer.)
  4. Meanwhile, blanch the pistachios for 2 minutes in boiling water and drain. Put them on a teatowel and rub them for a minute or two to remove the outer skin. This will leave you with a lovely green pistachio.
  5. Remove the Turkish delight mixture from the heat and stir in the rosewater, food colouring and pistachios until well combined.
  6. Pour into a greased loaf pan lined with a double layer of cling film. Place in the fridge for 4 hours or until firm.
  7. Mix the icing sugar and 20g of the cornflour together and dust the chopping board liberally with the mixture. Turn the Turkish delight out onto the board and cut into 18 evenly sized squares using an oiled knife.
  8. Toss the cubes in the remaining icing sugar until it is well covered.

See more Valentine's Day recipes

As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat. 


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