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Have I got a treat for you today? This recipe is a favourite of mine to make firstly because it looks so delightfully feminine and secondly because it is so delicious I can never stop at one piece.  This Lime and Rosewater Turkish Delight Recipe takes only a few ingredients and follows a relatively simple process.  Pillowy soft and sweet Turkish Delight with a hint of lime, this recipe would make beautiful looking wedding favours set out at each place, or become a welcomed addition to a dessert buffet. Or next time you’re heading to afternoon tea with the girls, make a batch to take along.  I’m certain it will be a hit – Turkish Delight is always appreciated!

You Will Need:
8 x leaves titanium-strength gelatine
190mL hot water
1 tablespoon lime juice
Zest of one lime
400g caster sugar

1/2 teaspoon rosewater (or rosewater essence)
1-2 drops pink food colouring

1 x 18cm square baking tray lined with baking paper and sprayed with oil

Directions: 

Step One. Pour hot water into a medium sized saucepan.

Step Two. Soak gelatine leaves in cold water until soft. Squeeze out excess water with your hands and add leaves to saucepan.

Step Three. Add sugar, rosewater, lime juice and food colouring to saucepan.  Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.  Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer mixture for 5 minutes.

Step Four. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.  Add lime zest and stir.  Pour into the tray and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until set.

Step Five. Combine icing sugar and cornflour.  Dust half this mixture onto a chopping board.  Slide jelly out onto the board and cut into cubes with a damp knife.  Dust the remaining icing sugar mixture over the top and gently role each cube in the mixture until all sides are coated.


Hints & Tips: 
>>To store, keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.  Alternatively, if using as wedding favours you could place 6-8 pieces into a cellophane bag and refrigerate in the bags for up to a week.

>>If you do not have a small enough baking pan, us a larger one and make to the correct dimensions by trying a few different sized books, push them up against the baking paper to make the fourth side until you have the correct dimensions.

Ms Polka Dot says: This delightful Turkish Delight makes my mouth water and I think that the lime is a genius touch to cut the teeth aching sweetness that Turkish Delight can often have. What a sweet gift or wedding favor – or just as a treat for yourself at home for no reason at all!

About Jessica: I’m a writer and a lover of words and stories, pretty papers and flowers. I find great satisfaction in creating something beautiful from the simplest of materials. I’m happiest in a home bustling with conversation and music, sitting at a beautifully decorated table surrounded by good friends and delicious food – with a glass of champagne in hand, of course!

In another instalment of our “make your hot chocolate sing!” posts, let us introduce you to this Boozy Rum Hot Chocolate. This concoction is perfect for serving after dark and adding to your Winter wedding cocktail list. The sweet warmth of the golden rum adds a smoothness to this hot chocolate that gives it a little something special for your guests.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 60ml Golden Rum
  • Whipped cream
  • Shaved chocolate

Method:

In an ovenproof bowl over a saucepan of water, melt chocolate chips with milk and vanilla bean paste, whisking to remove lumps and create a smooth liquid consistency.

Once mixed, take the hot chocolate off the stove and whisk in golden rum.

Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride

Flower garlands come in all shapes and sizes, and this easy scented flower garland tutorial will give you some tricks to impress your guests! It’s no secret that I love an event filled with blooms, and this garland allows you to literally hang them from every corner!

I’ve used a selection of scented flowers and herbs to give off an incredible aroma. But you could use just about any flower and in any colour, or you could even stick with simple foliage! Hardy herbs such as Rosemary and Thyme will last longer, and the same goes for flowers. However, as this garland is so quick to make, whipping one (or three!) up just before your event should be easy peasy.

What You Will Need:

  • Your chosen flowers – I used Lavender and Rosemary from the garden, plus roses and Easter daisies. Hardier stems will last longer, but you may need a thimble to help push the needle through their stems!
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Flower snips

What To Do:

Step 1. Prepare your chosen flowers and herbs by cutting them into smaller pieces. If you’re wanting a uniform garland, try to keep all the stems a similar length. Otherwise, a bit of variation creates a lovely unstructured garland. These sprigs were between approximately 6-15cm long. Remove any dead petals or leaves.

Step 2. Thread your needle with your chosen thread, and double it up to create extra strength. Decide on the length you would like, and tie a secure knot at the end. If you’re using heavier herbs or blooms, you may need a heavier twine.

Step 3. Begin to thread the needle through the stems of the flowers, pushing them to the end of your thread. Leave about 10cm clear at the end of the thread. Because the thread is doubled over, you may need to smooth out the thread between flowers as you go.

Step 4. Once you get going, you can decide on a pattern of flowers, or simply thread them on randomly. Vary the height of where the needle threads through the stem for a more relaxed garland. Once you get to the end of the thread, cut the needle out and tie a secure knot. Hang from the roof beams, along a wall, or use to line an aisle!

These garlands can be used in a variety of ways, even after they’re a little wilted from a day decorating the room! Collect all the blooms up and make potpourri, or save the petals for confetti for your next big event!

All images by Ms Honeycomb

Ms Polka Dot says: Simple, pretty and delicate. It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend lots of dollars to make something that creates a great effect and is fragrant and beautiful.

About Ms Honeycomb  – Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).