Cezerye (Turkish Delight with Carrot)

Well, I’ve decided to put some recipes from Turkish cuisine, and started with something I really love to eat: “cezerye”. Cezerye is like Turkish delight, but is made from carrot. It is not something you cook at your home, you usually buy these for the religious festivals. I’ve never made these jelly-candies before, and when I found this easy “cezerye” recipe today, I decided to try it.

Cezerye (Turkish Delight with Carrot)

adapted from a Turkish recipe

makes 9 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 400 gr (14 oz) carrots, grated finely
  • 200 gr (7 oz) brown or regular sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 gr hazelnuts or walnuts, chopped coarsely (optional)
  • water (about 1 cup)
  • coconut flakes (to cover)

Directions:

Put the carrots and sugar into a pan. Add water, and cook in medium heat, until the carrots start to melt and the mixture is thickened. In the recipe I found, it is written that “thickened” here means; when you take a piece from the mixture and round it between your thumb and your forefinger, it stinks to one finger only. Complicated!

Add the optional nuts to the mixture at this point. By using a plastic spatula, spread the mixture in a tray with parchment paper (I used a little box with foil). The thickness of the mixture should be about 1 cm (~0.5 in).

Allow the mixture to thicken more in the refrigerator for an hour.

Using a wet knife (to avoid the cezerye stick to it), cut 1 x 2.5 cm (~0.5×1 in) rectangles, and cover them with coconut.

Store the cezerye in the refrigerator.

4 Comments

  1. Kathleen
    November 10, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you so much, Ulya! I lived in Ankara with my family for six years, and loved cezerye. Although I cook many other Turkish foods, I hadn’t run across a recipe for cezerye. It’s in the fridge right now, so we’ll see how it turns out. Here in NW Missouri, there aren’t many Turks, and the closest Turkish restaurant is over an hour away. If only I could whip up some Iskender…

    • November 11, 2010 at 10:01 am

      Oh, I live in Ankara too (Did I mention that before?) Hope you like your cezerye!!

  2. Tijen Pratl
    September 8, 2012 at 1:25 am

    This is great ! Now I m going to try to make cezerye! I’m Turkish and I love cezerye!

  3. Sasha Bley-Vroman
    March 31, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Someone gave us some cezerye in Turkey (with pistachio nuts in it). We thought it was a strange idea, carrot candy. Before we had finished the package we were eager for more! Thanks for the recipe and for the helpful photos. .

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