Halvah recipe

Learn how to make a mouthwatering halvah at home with this easy recipe. Indulge in the rich flavors and textures of this traditional Middle Eastern treat.

The best thing about this classic sesame-based confection (aside from the fact that it’s so delicious) is how easy it is to make at home. The base recipe can be varied to your heart’s content. Try our suggestions here, then make up your own flavors. Be sure to start with a high-quality tahini, stir it well, and bring to room temperature before you start.

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Jessica Levin
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Adapted from The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World by Reem KassisYou can customize this halvah with various toppings, swapping out the pistachios with roasted peanuts or cashews, rose petals, sesame seeds, chocolate chips or roasted cocoa nibs, coffee beans, sesame or pumpkin seeds, or whatever and wherever your imagination takes you. Reem offers a few other suggestions in the book, such as adding cocoa powder, cardamom and other flavors to the mix. I've suggested a…

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Maude Letourneau

Wheels of halvah — a soft, fudgelike candy made out of sesame paste — is an iconic sight in Middle Eastern markets. But it’s also extremely easy to make at home, as long as you have access to a good brand of tahini (the only ingredient should be sesame seeds) and a candy thermometer. This recipe is adapted from the cookbook “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking,” by the chef Michael Solomonov. Eat it on its own cut into little pieces with a cup of tea, or dip cubes of it in chocolate and top…

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Shamekca Pelissier