We are excited to be part of something awesome! We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. Each blogger will lead you to the next, so be sure to finish the hop all the way through to the end for all the Christmas movie goodies! Our favorite Christmas movie feature here at Mommy Scene is homemade Turkish Delight from the Chronicles of Narnia. This unique treat is fun to make and a novel party dessert!
One of my favorite Christmas movies is the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. This classic story has been made into a movie several times, enchanting kids and parents with Aslan's magical world and celebrated character traits of bravery, courage, and perseverance. While it's no secret that Edmund betrays his family for enchanted Turkish Delight offered by the the White Witch Jadis, most kids have probably wondered what Turkish Delight tastes like. What irresistible quality does Turkish Delight offer that would make it worth betraying your three other siblings?
I first enjoyed Turkish Delight in Turkey while touring a mountain monastery on a school trip in my early 20's. This Turkish Delight was made by monks and the flavor was enhanced by the romanticized setting; snowy mountains surrounding a isolated stone castle monastery in a foreign country. My experience in Turkey is the closest I'll ever get to Narnia's white queen castle and enchanted Turkish Delight. To be honest, Turkish Delight isn't amazing and definitely not worth betraying your family, which suggests that Edmund was acting out of frustration from being belittled by his siblings, and the White Queen was deceptively influencing Edmund with magic to accomplish her goals. Turkish Delight is still a lot of fun to make with your kids and they will enjoy this unique treat all the same.
Turkish Delight is fairly easy to make with careful preparation and if you avoid the following easy-to-make mistakes. I've made it several times now and Turkish Delight is always a fun conversation piece for any holiday party.
First, the mistakes to avoid
1. DO leave 2-3 hours to make your Turkish Delight. It takes about an hour to cook, and another few hours to cool and congeal. Rushing will ruin your homemade Turkish Delight.
2. DO stay in the kitchen for the full hour of making your Turkish Delight. Turning your back on it will cause it to burn, boil over, or get lumpy because you didn't stir it.
3. DON'T allow it to over cook, boil over, or burn on the bottom. This requires continual stirring. I stayed in the kitchen washing dishes and gave the pot a stir every 2 minutes for the full cooking process.
4. DON'T rush. Use a candy thermometer, stir regularly, and be careful the sticky candy doesn't burn on the bottom. You'll ruin the Turkish Delight and your pan if it does burn.
I used the recipe from epicurious for non-evil Turkish Delight. It turns out pretty well.
Small baking sheet
Large cutting board
Sugar Syrup Ingredients
3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
Pinch of cream of tartar
Cornstarch Mixture Ingredients
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 1/2 teaspoons rosewater or vanilla
2 drops red food coloring
Cutting and Dredging
1/2 cup cornstarch sifted with 1 cup powdered sugar
1. Line the baking sheet with a square of parchment paper.
2. Make the sugar syrup: Combine the sugar, honey, water, and cream of tartar in a 4-quart saucepan, stirring to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, and insert the candy thermometer. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 15 minutes, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 260°F (hard ball stage).
3. Make the cornstarch mixture: In a 6-quart saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch, powdered sugar, water, and cream of tartar to combine. Once the sugar syrup reaches 250°F (firm ball stage), place the cornstarch mixture over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly with the whisk; it will thicken and boil quickly in 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat but leave the mixture on the hot burner; stir well a few times with a whisk, set aside.
4. Once the sugar syrup reaches 260°F (hard ball stage), remove it from the heat and carefully pour it into the cornstarch mixture. Stir well with the whisk to combine. Bring everything to a low boil over medium heat and then reduce the heat to low and cook at a low simmer, stirring frequently for about 40 minutes until the mixture is thick and gluey and a light golden color. This is where I stirred the Turkish Delight and scraped the bottom of the pan every 2 minutes. Don't let it burn or clump!
5. Remove from the heat and add the flavoring and color.
6. Immediately pour the candy into the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the candy so it doesn't form a skin as it cools. I placed mine in the fridge and it cooled within a hour.
7. Gently peel off the plastic wrap and dust the cutting board with powdered sugar. Gently lift, flip, and peel the parchment paper off the bottom of your Turkish Delight. Cut the Turkish Delight into squares.
8. Place the cornstarch and powdered sugar mixture in a bowl and dredge the Turkish Delight pieces until well coated.
I've found that this homemade Turkish Delight inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia is best if enjoyed immediately, but you can keep it in a plastic bag at room temperature. Don't store your homemade Narnia-inspired dessert in the fridge because it will become moist and sticky.
It's super fun to have a holiday movie night with your family. You can even make it a family tradition! What's your favorite Christmas movie? We are excited to be part of this fabulous Christmas Movie Blog Hop featuring fun Christmas movie themed projects, crafts, and recipes!
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