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Greek-style Halva
From: Asa, Florida

Not for those on a diet!

  • 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
Reserve 4 tbs. sugar and dissolve rest in water over gentle heat.
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.