Since starting this blog, I have tried and failed multiple times to make Turkish delight. I won’t even tell you how many times. All of my attempts have come out absolutely inedible, and definitely not worthy of sharing with anyone! I knew I couldn’t give up, though, because what’s a Fantasy food blog without Turkish delight, am I right?
So, I figured instead of trying to make authentic Turkish delight, I’d instead make a dessert inspired by Turkish delight. I got to thinking, what desserts do I enjoy that have a gooey texture and are covered in powdered sugar? Then it hit me: lemon bars! I love lemon bars, and I knew that with a few changes I could turn them into Turkish delight bars, so here we are! I made a few changes to this lemon bar recipe from I Am Baker to come up with my Turkish delight bar recipe, and I think it turned out great!
Next time you’re looking for a magical dessert or treat, I hope you consider making some Turkish delight bars inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia.
Turkish Delight Bars – A Narnia Recipe
For the Crust
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
For the Filling:
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 to 3 drops rosewater (optional)
- 1 to 2 drops red food coloring (optional)
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Mix together the ingredients for the crust, and press into the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 baking pan.
- Bake the crust at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
- Mix together the filling ingredients and pour over the crust.
- Bake for 20 more minutes.
- Allow the bars to cool completely.
- Dust the bars with powdered sugar and slice into squares.
A note on the rosewater and food coloring: this is what makes these bars reminiscent of Turkish delight, but it is optional if you just want plain lemon bars. If you’re not fond of the flavor of rosewater, you can leave it out but still dye the bars pink so they at least look like Turkish delight.
As for the powdered sugar: Dust on as much as you want! Turkish delight is usually quite well covered in powdered sugar, so this is another element that really ties in the Narnia theme.
I hope you enjoy this enchanting treat!