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1 cup cream
1 cup water
1/3 cup tahini
1 cup cream of rice, farina or semolina (Cream of Wheat, quick, dry)
1 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp. unsalted butter or sesame oil
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup hot water (or less)

In a medium sized heavy bottomed saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat the sugar, cream and water. Boil 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile in a large pan, melt butter (or add oil) and stir in the (rice, farina, or semolina) and the sesame seeds.

Continue cooking on medium heat for 15 minutes, scraping the the pan so that the dry ingredients won't scorch.

Stir in the tahini as the mixture begins to thicken, working out any lumps until the mixture is smooth.

Gradually add to the dry ingredients, combining all ingredients (including the water, sugar and cream) well and adding as much as 1/2 cup of water, as needed to make a paste-like consistency. Mixture should be thick.

Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Turn out onto a marble slab or other flat surface and when the Halvah is cool enough to handle, knead several minutes.

Put the Halvah into an 8 inch square pan that has the bottom lined with a square of wax or parchment paper and smooth over the top with the back of a spoon.

Allow to rest 20 minutes, loosen from the sides of the pan using a knife, and turn out.

Cut into squares and store in an airtight plastic storage box or ziploc.

Variation: Add 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachio nuts. Halvah squares may be dipped in melted, tempered or dipping chocolate and optionally rolled in chopped nuts.


Servings: 12

Serving size: 1/12 of a recipe (3.5 ounces). Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients using unsalted butter and Cream of Wheat, instant (dry):

Amount Per Serving
Calories 301.45
Calories From Fat (50%) 151.73
Calories From Protein (5%) 16.04
Calories From Carbohydrates (44%) 133.68
% Daily Value
Total Fat 17.56g 27%
Saturated Fat 7.9g 40%
Monounsaturated Fat 5.48g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.23g
Cholesterol 37.35mg 12%
Sodium 77.34mg 3%
Potassium 126.27mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 33.74g 11%
Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugar 18.88g
Net Carbohydrates 31.94g
Protein 4.27g 9%
Vitamin A 419.44IU 8%
Calcium 161.81mg 16%
Iron 5.47mg 30%
Vitamin E 0.36mg 4%
Vitamin D 10.31IU 3%
Thiamin 0.21mg 14%
Riboflavin 0.1mg 6%
Niacin 1.33mg 7%
Vitamin B6 0.09mg 5%
Folate 31.53mcg 8%
Pantothenic Acid 0.2mg 2%
Vitamin K 2.04mcg 3%
Phosphorus 145.25mg 15%
Magnesium 36.25mg 9%
Zinc 0.98mg 7%
Copper 0.4mg 20%
Manganese 0.26mg 13%
Selenium 3.65mcg 5%

Submitted by: CM
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