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Halva

"Halva is a Turkish candy similar in consistency to fudge. Made from tahini, it has a nutty and sweet flavor."

I haven't tried making this yet, but it's been 11 days of Ramadan and I have not made one sweet, so this may be one to try.  Of course, alhamdulillah, living in a Muslim country, one can find all sorts of wonderful pre-made treats, such as this, that can be easily purchased.

Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups of tahini
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Optional flavorings such as nuts, vanilla or chocolate
Instructions
  1. Boil the sugar and water with any optional flavorings to 257 degrees Farenheit to form a thick syrup
  2. Pour the syrup into fresh tahini and beat well as it combines
  3. Continue beating until the mixture sets
  4. beat well as it combines
  5. Continue beating until the mixture sets
  6. Press the mixture into an oiled cake tin or plastic container
  7. Chill for 36 hours and cut into squares



2 comments:

  1. as salam..what is tahini..what is the best substitute for it if i cant find one

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  2. wa alaykum us salaam,

    Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. It kind of has a thick soupy texture. I am not sure what you can substitute for it, but I did find a recipe for homemade tahini online if you can get sesame seeds: http://www.yumsugar.com/Homemade-Tahini-Recipe-25190494. I am not sure where you are, in the states, I can generally find it in the international foods section. It can be kind of expensive but you can also use it in hummus to get your money's worth if the container is rather large. Hope that helps. I googled some substitutes as well, and some suggested using nut butters.

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