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Fresh halva
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Halva is a favorite dessert in the Middle East. Served with coffee or tea, it is the perfect ending to any meal. Halva is easy to make and tastes like you spent all day preparing it!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rosewater
  • 4-6 saffron threads or 1/2 teaspoon ground saffron
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Once sugar is dissolved, add saffron and rosewater. You will have a syrup like texture. Remove from heat.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Add flour slowly and mix with butter to make paste. Slowly add sugar syrup and blend together. Remove from heat.

Immediately, spread mixture into ramekins, or onto a serving plate. Allow to cool, and remove halva from ramekins or cut into small serving pieces.

Serve halva with coffee or tea.
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 2 out of 5
Result was more pudding-like, Member krisalis903

This recipe resulted in a halva that was a lot softer and not crumbly like I'm familiar with. The flavor is good, but I feel like you would have to eat it with a spoon. I would recommend increasing the amount of flour if you want a more substantial halva that you can cut into pieces.

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