Bookish Baking: Turkish Delight (Chronicles of Narnia)

Turkish Delight is crazy famous for its place in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It is also not a candy readily found in America.
But since its December, it seemed a good time for this recipe.
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TURKISH DELIGHT

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoon rosewater
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • rose pink food coloring (or other color to preference)
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • .5 tsp cream of tartar
  • powdered sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the gelatin, white sugar, cornstarch and water until mixed together.
  2. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the rosewater, lemon juice, lemon zest, cream of tartar and food colouring.
  4. Rinse a square pan in cold water but don’t dry it off.
  5. Pour in the mixture.
  6. To firm up quickly, pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, otherwise leave in the fridge overnight.
  7. Using a sharp oiled knife, cut the turkish delight into squares and roll in powdered sugar to coat.

 

Let me know what you guys think about this recipe, or if you make it for yourself!

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The Candy Book Tag (2)

I was tagged by Brilliantly Bookish, check out their blog!

The tag was created by Jessica @bookishserendipity.

I technically did this tag already (The Candy Book Tag) but I was tagged and I did it so long ago that I felt I could do it again.


Which Books Remind You Of….

1. Apples— Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

I don’t read many books I’m not sure I’ll love. I guess Catcher in the Rye would fit. I never even finished it, I got bored. I’ll finish at some point before AP lit next year.

2.Black Jellybeans— WHY DO THESE EXIST?

I like black jellybeans…

But Lord of the Flies fits. I hate that book.

3. Chocolate Kisses-– Aww…this novel had the best romance.

To All The Boys I Loved Before!

It’s actually the cutest!

4. Gummy Spiders— Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

I don’t really read scary/horror books. The Long Walk by Stephen King unsettled me while reading it, but I was pretty much fine afterwards.

5. Jumbo Lollypop— This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

Pretty much any Cassandra Clare book. They are amazing, but long as hell.

6. Cotton Candy-– Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think: children’s or MG fiction.

My Sister The Vampire series comes to mind. As does The Magic Half and Inkheart.


I Tag…

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and TeaMegan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

 

Bookish Baking #6: Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO. Fourth was Treacle Tart . Last week was Treacle Pudding. Don’t worry, this will be the last Harry Potter recipe for a while.
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CAULDRON CAKES

INGREDIENTS
SPICE MIX (this is essentially pumpkin spice mix)
  • ½ tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
THE RECIPE
  • 2 tsp of the spice mix
  • ½ tsp almond essence
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup (115g) butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • icing sugar for dusting
Sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups boiling water
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat your oven to 175C/350F.
  2. Mix together the spice mix and place in a air tight container. You’ll only be using a bit of this mix for this recipe.
  3. Place in the food processor and blend, then repeat with the rest.
  4. By hand, mix the 1½ tsp of spice mix, 1 tsp vanilla essence and ½ tsp of almond essence.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In a mixer, beat the butter, then add in the sugar.
  7. Beat for a few minutes until creamy.
  8. Add in the flour, then the milk.
  9. Spoon into baking containers.
  10. To make the sauce, in a smaller bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cocoa so well combined.
  11. Spoon on top of the cake mixture.
  12. Pour the boiling water over the sauce powder and cake mixture and place in oven.
  13. Bake for 45 minutes.
  14. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

This recipe is adapted from many I’ve seen.

Below are some great Potter candy recipes from Food In Literature, which I love!

Other Recipes:

Acid Pops

Cockroach Clusters

Pepper Imps

Peppermint Humbugs

Every Flavor Beans

Pumpkin Pasties

Rock Cakes

Sherbert Lemon

Halloween Book Tag

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Today is halloween, so I figured it was high time I get to this!

I was tagged by the wonderful Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant, go check her out!


 

Carving Pumpkins:
What book would you carve up and light on fire?

50 Shades Of Grey. Hands down. No deliberation.

Trick or Treat:
What character is a trick? What character is a treat?

Trick:

Does literally everyone in The Mortal Instruments count? Because people needed to get their story straight…

Treat:

Aiden from Illuminae. Most people see him as a trick, but I’m a sucker for a villain in love.

Candy Corn:
What’s a book that’s always sweet?

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass.

That book is pure cute fluffiness.

Ghost: 
What character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

Noah Cherny from The Raven Cycle.

Lily and James Potter from Harry Potter.

I don’t think this has to be explained…

Dressing up in a costume:
What character would you want to be for a day?

Anyone living in Hogwarts or in the Marvel Universe, like Jean Gray or Doctor Strange. Pretty much my life goals to be that combination of people.

(My costume this year is Vision though)

Wizards and Witches:
What is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

HOW CAN YOU MAKE ME PICK JUST ONE!!!!???!!!

I’ll say one I haven’t seen ANYONE mention for this: Harry taking Luna to Slughorn’s party. Their friendship is precious.

Blood and Gore:
What book was so creepy you had to take a break from it?

Gone Girl. It got unsettling in places…

 

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I Tag:

B @ Icebreaker694

Sammie @ Bookshelves&Biros

Megan @ BookSlayerReads

The Orangutan Librarian

Stephanie @ Adventures Of A Bibliophile

The Candy Book Tag

I love doing tags, and this time I was tagged by Stephanie @ Adventures Of A Bibliophile, whose blog is wonderful, she’s an amazing writer and you should go check her out!

Halloween is tomorrow, so that makes today perfect for this tag, so let’s get to it!


Apples – Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

The Count Of Monte Cristo. Its the sort of classic most people seem to actually enjoy, and in fact love. But I could not get through it. It bored me and physically pained me. I got by with spark notes and to this day it is the only school assigned book that I did not read.

Milk Chocolate – This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE.

 

I don’t believe in books that EVERYONE enjoys. That being said, I get almost offended when people say they wouldn’t even try to read Harry Potter…

Black Jellybeans – Why do these exist??

Confession?

I am one of the weird people who LOVE these…

That being said, I’ll say Anthem by Ayn Rand for this. I hate that book and it has no place in the world except to irritate me…

Chocolate Kisses – Awww this novel had the best romance.

I’ll give a more recent answer for this one.

Eva and Zenn from Zenn Diagram were the cutest. I read the arc and gave it 5 stars I really loved it.

Gummy Spiders – Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

I don’t really have an answer for this, books don’t give me nightmares, never have, not even when I read Scary Stories in elementary school.

Most scary movies don’t even give me nightmares.

Though the movie for Misery (based off the book by Stephen King) freaked me the hell out so I guess that counts.

Ghosts and demons are entertaining but don’t give me nightmares. Crazy people freak me out because they exist.

Jumbo Lollipop – This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

I’m going to go with Breaking Dawn (yes, like the last book from Twilight) because I was nine when I read it and at the time it was the only none Harry Potter book over 150 pages I had ever finished (and I think its longer than any Harry Potter book was even).

I just couldn’t think of another answer for this one…

Cotton Candy – Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think children’s or MG fiction.

A book I recently found on my shelf that I LOVED as a kid, that not many people mention (or, in fact, no one I’ve seen mention at all) is The Timelight Stone.

I mus have read it a dozen times, but I never got to read the other books…

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I Tag:

B @ Icebreaker694

Sammie @ Bookshelves&Biros

Megan @ BookSlayerReads

The Orangutan Librarian

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

 

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