Question. What is Halva?
Answer. Greek Halva is a semolina pudding with lots of nuts that is sweetened with syrup. It makes an tasteful dessert addition to your holiday table. It's really very easy to make. The most expensive part of the desert is the nuts.
Tips and tricks on how to make Halva
- Place the water/sugar mixture in a pot and allow it to boil for a few minutes. Turn off heat and set aside.
- Pour the semolina, oil and almonds into another pot.
- Turn up the heat to medium-high, while stirring constantly, until semolina mixture turns golden brown in color.
- The semolina should have a nice golden brown color within 5 - 10 minutes.
- Next, we will add the already boiled hot water/sugar mixture into the cooked semolina.
- WARNING: For the next step, wear gloves and keep as far away as possible from the pot. Pour the sugar syrup gradually and stir vigorously at the same time until all syrup is poured into the semolina.
- Lower the heat to minimum and continue stirring until the mixture thickens (about 2 - 5 minutes).
- Remove from heat, cover with a towel and let sit for 2-4 minutes.
- lace semolina mixture in a mold. Press on the semolina mixture to take the form of the mold. Flip the mold over, and you are done.
NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts. Halva video