Turkish Delight

According to legend Turkish Delight invented for voluptuous sultan, who was a great lover of women. Indeed,  Turkish Delight - the famous Eastern dessert
 the use of Turkish delight is its ability to increase the potency and saturate the body with energy for lovemaking.


Turkish Delight - the famous Eastern dessert. The structure of Turkish Delight includes syrup, sugar and starch, and add variety to taste different ingredients - berry or fruit juice, nuts, fresh fruit, chocolate, candied fruit, vanilla, coconut and others.

Turkish Delight invented in the late 18th century in Istanbul, and in many ways his recipe remained unchanged in today's day. Traditional cooking sweets takes two days, so the home cook Turkish Delight is problematic, but the presence of hard work and desire possible. The secret lies in the proper preparation of thorough and constant stirring sweet mass and its compliance with a long period of cooling.

Preparation and composition of Turkish Delight

In the first phase is mixed with 400 ml of water, after a while infused with rose petals, and 4 cups of sugar, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice .  This mixture is put on a strong fire for ten minutes is brought to the boil .  Ready syrup is removed from the heat and cooled .  The second stage begins with the preparation of whipping 3 cups of water, 1 cup of starch and 1 teaspoon of tartar .  The resulting mixture is heated to a mild heat, stirring constantly to avoid lumps formed .  After boiling mass in her thin stream pour the cooled syrup, stir without ceasing .  In the third stage the workpiece sweet cooked at a temperature not exceeding 80 ° C for several hours, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and becomes golden color .  Then the pan off the heat, and here begins the transformation of sweet dough into a tasty oriental sweets .  The sweet base added candied fruit, nuts, vanilla, grated chocolate and other ingredients, depending on what flavor cook wants .  At the same time, the number of additional ingredients can take a third of the total mass of .

In conclusion, the chef pours still warm and liquid Turkish delight on a sheet of parchment on a baking sheet lined and greased with vegetable oil. To weight distributed evenly on a sheet of lightly shakes and shakes the pan, cover with plastic wrap on top of the mass and leave to harden. About 12 hours Turkish delight with special molds or normal sharp knife give the necessary form. Grab the goodies on top sprinkled with a mixture of powdered sugar and starch, or coconut. Store the finished sweetness in a special container or wrapped in paper to avoid contact with air.


The history of the most sophisticated and popular oriental sweets known reliably, unlike many others, as to the origin of which there are different opinions.

Invented Turkish Delight court confectioner Turkish Sultan Haji Ali Bakir, in the late 18th century. But on the circumstances, prior to the invention, there are several opinions. According to one hypothesis the great Sultan was a big sweet tooth. Once he broke a tooth on hard candy and so angry with pastry that he invented a new soft dessert literally overnight. In Arabic, Turkish Delight means "easy pieces".

According to another hypothesis, the Arab Sultan loved women and had a large harem. The habit of delivering their women pleasure not only by carnal pleasures, but preliminary exquisite refreshments, forced him to demand from the confectioners of the invention of new and unusual sweets, more diverse and complex. As a result, he invented a universal Hadji Bekir Turkish Delight, which included sugar, rose water and starch, and diversified its taste by adding various ingredients. Whether that is true, the sultan and his chef made happy all the sweet tooth for hundreds of years to come, because it is viscous and gentle delicacy is popular in many countries of the world to this day.

It is known that the descendants of Hadji Bekir became rich and famous sweets shop owner in Istanbul, and in the 19th century, they introduced Turkish Delight at the Brussels exhibition. Sweetness received a gold medal and widespread across Europe. In Europe, the Turkish Delight became known as «Turkish Delight», or "Turkish Delight." Particularly liked the sweetness of the English, where it was used for the five-hour tea. Currently, there are many types of Turkish delight, a variety of forms - that nutty, fruity, two-layer, cubic, children, threaded, Tomato, Natural, white, honey and many other species.

Calorie Turkish Delight

As many  Turkish Delight Cooking at home
 sweet, calorie Turkish Delight is quite high and is about 350 kcal per 100 g of product. Therefore, it is better not to abuse and is not this sweet 50 grams per day. And if you want to lose weight, the best thing to do would be to take time off from it.

As a part of Turkish Delight sugar is present, it is the excessive use of "failures" of fat metabolism, which is often the cause of weight gain and zhiroobrazovaniya.

Use of Turkish Delight

High-calorie Turkish Delight does not give reason to classify it as hazardous products. Indeed, in this oriental delicacy presence of glucose, which is, no doubt, be useful for the human body. Due to the effects of glucose and adjusted cardiac activity of the brain, increasing the production of endorphins - hormones that raise your mood and level of performance. In addition, glucose, part of Turkish Delight, a beneficial effect on the condition of hair and improves peristalsis.

Some find it very strange, but the benefit Turkish Delight is also to raise immunity. It turns glucose in conjunction with starch forms a component that helps the human body to fight colds and viral diseases. Medicinal properties of Turkish Delight were known in ancient Rome, not without reason dubbed the sweetness of "medicine for the throat."

Use of Turkish delight depends on the additives included in the formulation. For example, pieces of orange or lemon helps to cure colds, honey improves the quality of blood and normalizes the process of digestion, berries and fruit juices saturate the body with beneficial vitamins and minerals.


Due to the high caloric Turkish Delight and a high sugar content, sweet body turns to fat and deposited under the cover of the internal organs and skin. Therefore, the excessive use of sweets leads to hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

In addition, Eastern delicacy violates the selection of enzymes of the stomach, pancreas and intestines, as well as spoil the tooth enamel. Therefore, the presence of chronic disease and sedentary lifestyle Turkish Delight is best not to drink at all.