Loukoumia

Apr 26th, 2002, 01:42 PM
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Rene
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Loukoumia

My friends just brought me back some loukoumia candy from Syros. They are chewy and are covered with powdered sugar stuff.
Anybody have an idea where I can get info on making these myself? This is travel related because they are so good, I will travel to Greece myself to eat them. Thanx.
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 02:00 PM
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Dear Rene,
I am Greek-American and even though I don't particularly like loukoumia, you can find them in any Greek food store. I don't know where you live but there may be a Greek store in your area. Also, if you do a search on Greek foods and pastries, you may be able to find a website for them. Good luck
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 02:11 PM
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Hi Alexia (love your name), I have looked all over every search engine I know of, and no recipe. Do I have the name exactly right? They are like fruit cheweys.
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 02:18 PM
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Hi Rene,
Yes, you have the correct name. My mom gets loukoumia at our local Greek import food store (live in Chicago)and I know there's some Greek food websights out there but I don't have specifics- I'll try to find out. Do you have any mediterranean shops nearby? I'll ask my mom about a recipe but I know she's never made them and she is a gourmet cook. I'll stay in touch with you so look out for my post next week.
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 02:24 PM
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Here are a few recipes! Loukoumia (or lokum) is also called 'Turkish delight'.
Turkish Delight

Recipe no. 1
Bring 1/2 cup cold water, 1 cup sugar and the grated rinds of one orange
and one lemon to a boil. When boiling, add 2 tablespoons gelatin dissolved
in a little warm water and continue simmering for 15 minutes. Remove from
head and stir in 2 tablespoons red currant jelly, 3 tablespoons strained
orange juice, 3 tablespoons strained lemon juice and 3 tablespoons strained
lime juice and a little green food colouring. Pour into a shallow, square
wet tin, and chill in the refrigertor until set. When cold and firm, cut
into squares using a knife dipped in hot water. Toss pieces in sifted icing
sugar and enjoy.

Recipe no. 2
2 cups (1/2 liter) granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups (300 ml) water
1 lemon, the peel cut into strips, the juice squeezed and strained
1 orange, the peel cut into strips, the juice squeezed and strained
4 tablespoons (60 ml) unflavoured powdered gelatin
2 tablespoons (30 ml) confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) cornstarch

Dissolve the granulated sugar in half of the water over medium heat. Add
the strips of lemon and orange peel and the juices. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Soften the gelatin by soaking it for 5 to 10 minutes in the rest of the water. Add the gelatin to the sugar syrup stirring well, and boil for 10 minutes, until the syrup reaches the thread stage.
Strain the mixture into shallow dampened pan or onto platters, and let it set for 24 hours. Cut the candy into 1-inch (2 1/2 cm) squares. Sift the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch together into a shallow dish. Roll the pieces of candy in the mixture. Store the squares in boxes with more confectioners' sugar and cornstarch between each layer.
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 02:29 PM
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Rene

You might have better luck calling them by their more common name - turkish delight! In Turkey they're actually called lokum.

You should be able to find some in fine food stores in major US cities.

My favourite are the "small cut" ones from the Divan pastry shop in Istanbul. They might ship...
http://www.divan.com.tr/english.php

Yum!
Andre
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 02:30 PM
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Wow, I knew you Fodorites would come through and in less than an hour I have two recipes and one on the way. Thank you so much, I think they will make great gifts.
But I still want to go to Greece!
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 02:32 PM
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Some more recipes on

http://www.recipesource.com/ethnic/africa/middle-east/turkish/lokum1.html

http://greenchronicle.com/christmas_recipes/turkish_delight.htmhttp://www.hookerycookery.com/xmas039.htm

You can order them online as well !!
http://www.turkish-delight.com/index.htm

 
Apr 26th, 2002, 06:18 PM
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T
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Look in the book Classic Greek its by Jim Antoniou.
 
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