Turkish Delight

By epicurious.com


Cooking spray or vegetable oil

For the sugar syrup
3 cups (575 g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (175 g) honey
1/2 cup (120 g) water
Pinch of cream of tartar

For the cornstarch mixture
1 cup (150 g) cornstarch
1 cup (130 g) confectioners' sugar (icing sugar)
2 1/2 cups (600 g) water
1 teaspoon (3 g) cream of tartar

For the flavoring
2 1/2 teaspoons (12 g) rosewater
2 cups (300 g) shelled roasted unsalted pistachios
2 or 3 drops red food coloring (optional)

For cutting and dredging
About 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, for dusting the cutting board (icing sugar)
1/2 cup cornstarch sifted together with 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Special Equipment:

Small (9" x 13") rimmed baking sheet
Heatproof spatula or wooden spoon
Suagr thermometer
Large cutting board