From: Asa, Florida
Not for those on a diet!
Reserve 4 tbs. sugar and dissolve rest in water over gentle heat.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4-1/2 cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup olive oil
- 3 cups semolina
- 3/4 cups blanched almonds (6-8 halved, the rest chopped)
- 1/2 cup honey-style sweetener
- ground cinnamon, to taste
Add cinnamon sticks, bring to a boil and simmer gently 5 minutes.
Cool and remove cinnamon sticks.
Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan and when hot stir in semolina.
Cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Add chopped almonds
and cook 1 minute.
Keep heat low and stir in sugar-cinnamon syrup, taking care as semolina
may split. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
When smooth, remove from heat and stir in honey.
Cool slightly and mix in reserved sugar.
Pour halva into a lightly greased (or non-stick) shallow pan, pat
down and mark into squares.
Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and 1 almond half.