About this Recipe

A Turkish twist on the classic Israeli treat (it is believed that Halvah originated from the Turkish region). Halvah means “sweet” in Arabic and is loved by all. A great healthy and filling snack or desert!



Servings: 32 (yields 2 ½ pounds)

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes



Turkish Halvah









2 ¼ tsp ginger

15 ounce can of tahini

Oil drained from tahini plus margarine to make 1 ½ cups

4 cups flour

1 cup honey

½ cup ground almonds or sesame seeds

3 oz melted chocolate (optional)



1.   Combine oil and margarine in a 2-quart saucepan and heat until margarine melts.

2.   Stir in flour and cook over a flame ensure to stir often. Once the mixture becomes a light caramel color, add tahini.

3.   In a separate pot, heat honey to the soft ball stage (235 °F or 112 °C as measured by a candy thermometer).

4.   Combine honey with flour mixture and add ground nuts. Mix well.

5.   Pour onto a greased flat marble or Formica surface and press into a 1-inch thick rectangle with a wet knife (it was be very hot). If desired, cover with a thin layer of melted chocolate.

6.   Cut into bars before halvah is completely cool.   




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