July 23, 2014

Greek Loukoumi

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This Greek treat - similar to Turkish delight is a great sugary treat. It is my Mum's all time favorite and over the years I have grown to love it too. Whenever my parents come back from Greece they always bring a few boxes of these delicious sticky sugary cubes that we all enjoy with a glass of wine after supper. 


Earlier this year I was in New Zealand and during my stay there one evening we went out for supper. The menu was quirky and for dessert they served up three squares of Turkish delight. I was so impressed, and ever since I have thought it would be great to give it a go myself and I would try out this Greek version that we all love so much.

You will need...

a 7in square tin
8 gelatin leaves 
500g granulated sugar
few drops of red food colouring 
2 tsp rosewater 

2 tbsp icing sugar
1tbsp corn flour

Start by putting your gelatin leaves into 300ml water and allow to sit for 5 minutes until soft. Then add your sugar and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.

Take off the heat and mix in your food colouring (you will not need much so add drop by drop) and your 2 tsp of rose water. Mix well together and then pour into you lined baking tin. 

You can also just oil your tin, I would recommend doing this.


 

Once set, this will take about 24 hours, turn out onto a plate with cornflour and icing sugar. Throughly cover the Loukoumi in this dusty coating.

 


Next chop into squares and again cover in your corn flour/sugar mixture. 



Once covered pile high on a plate and decorate with rose petals.
 

 This would also make a great Christmas treat. Pack neatly into a box and tie with a ribbon for a pretty, unusual homemade gift.



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