Sesame Halva Recipe

Halva on Board
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 Pan of Halva (6 servings)
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Halva is a favorite dessert in the Middle East. This version includes sesame seeds for a twist on the traditional recipe. Served with coffee or tea, it is the perfect ending to any meal. Halva is easy to make and tastes like you spent all day preparing it!

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

How to Make It

  1. In a skillet, heat sesame seeds over medium heat until lightly toasted.
  2. Once cooled, add sesame seeds to a food processor one cup at a time and blend. Add tahini, sugar, honey, cinnamon and allspice and pulse until mixture is thick and nearly solid.
  3. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap and press mixture evenly into pan. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and serve.