Hot coffee lightly sweetened with sugar and spices then topped off with fresh whipped cream spiked with orange liqueur.
So every time I hear Turkish Delight I think of Ginger Fields. Who is Ginger Fields? She was a 5th grade teacher at the school I where I teach and every year I seemed to end up in her classroom when she read the book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
I usually don't stay in classrooms when teachers read books because it's not the best use of my time but I loved hearing her read. She read the same handful of books every year but I still enjoyed it. So every year she would get to the part about Turkish Delight and then the kids would talk about it.
One year she asked if I would make some for her class. I said I would and looked all over for a recipe. It's a chewy gel candy made out of cornstarch and sugar then is flavored with rosewater, lemon, or orange. I flavored mine with lemon or orange because I didn't think the kids would like rosewater. It was interesting and that's the flavor I think of every time I hear Turkish Delight.
So when I came across a recipe for Turkish Delight Coffee I knew I had to make it. The recipe was for iced coffee but since I'm not a fan of iced coffee I simply turned it into a hot coffee.
The actual coffee recipe is simple. It's just coffee, sugar, and cardamom. The flavor comes from the whipped cream. You whip the heavy cream yourself along with orange liqueur and sugar. The coffee is topped with the cream so when you drink it you get flavor from both the cream and coffee.
I really enjoyed this coffee and thought it was perfect in the afternoon after work. It didn't have much alcohol in it, just enough that you could taste it which was great. The combination of orange and cardamom was really tasty and totally reminded me of Turkish Delight.
Pro Tips and Substitutions:
- If you don't want to use liqueur you can simply add in 1 tablespoon of fresh orange juice instead.
- Adjust the sugar in the coffee to your liking. I like it just a little sweet so I used 1 tablespoon of sugar but you can use more or less.
- Play around with the spice. Add cinnamon or nutmeg in place of the cardamom or in addition to it.
- ¼ c. heavy cream
- 2 t. orange liqueur
- 4 T. sugar, divided
- 2 c. strong coffee
- 1 t. cardamom
- orange zest
- In a medium bowl combine the heavy cream, liqueur, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Whisk by hand of with a hand mixer until firm peaks form. Set aside.
- Add one tablespoon of sugar and ½ teaspoon of cardamom to each of two mugs. Pour one cup of hot, strong coffee into each mug and stir.
- Divide the whipped cream between the two mugs. Top with fresh orange zest.
Recipe from Rachael Ray Magazine, October 2017.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g
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