I ended up with a day off work, so I decided to tackle Turkish Delight. I thought I had most of the ingredients but due to expiration dates and a snowstorm outside, I had to improvise.
The recipe called for a metal loaf pan, but I didn’t have one, so I used a glass baking dish instead. I spread cooking spray and flour over the dish to prepare it and set about melting the sugar and gelatin. A warning to would-be candy makers: melting gelatin comes with a very unpleasant smell.
Next, the recipe called for lemon juice and lemon extract. Well, I was out of lemon extract and my lemon juice was expired, so I substituted orange extract and lime juice. The recipe also called for yellow food coloring for the lemon flavor, but I mixed in red as well to give it an orange color.
All in all, the recipe turned out great. Using the wrong pan and many wrong ingredients, I ended up with orange lime Turkish Delight. After trying a piece, I see where it gets its name. The soft and chewy gummi center is bursting with flavor. But unlike the store-bough candies, one or two pieces are enough to satisfy the craving.