Halva is a favorite dessert throughout the Middle East. Many varieties are made with tahini or semolina flour. This Persian version uses a simple mixture of flour, butter, and sugar with the sweet perfume of rosewater. Cut into wedges and serve with tea or coffee.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Stir rose water and saffron into the sugar mixture; cover saucepan and remove from heat.

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  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat; stir flour into the melted butter until mixture is a smooth paste. Continue to cook, stirring often, until paste turns golden, about 5 to 10 more minutes.

  • Slowly whisk sugar mixture into paste until smooth. Remove saucepan from heat and spread halva evenly onto a plate or platter. Make a pattern on the top of halva using the back of a spoon or a knife. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute 1 cup of flavorless vegetable oil for the butter to make a cholesterol-free sweet. Decorate the top of the halva with whole pistachios or almonds or simply sprinkle with chopped nuts. Rosewater is available at most Middle-Eastern stores and at many health food stores.

Nutrition Facts

386 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 42.9g 14% DV; fat 23.2g 36% DV; cholesterol 61mg 20% DV; sodium 4mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2014
I substituted white sugar with brown sugar and it turned out perfectly! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/01/2014
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or 3 kind of flour: Wheat flour 2 cup Rice flour 1 cup Roasted chickpea flour 1 cup Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/01/2014
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or 3 kind of flour: Wheat flour 2 cup Rice flour 1 cup Roasted chickpea flour 1 cup Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2014
I substituted white sugar with brown sugar and it turned out perfectly! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2015
I made this for my Persian husband and we both loved it! It's a lot lighter than other halva's I have eaten! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2016
adding more water make a delicious dessert 'KACHI' Read More