Now that we are home, we can happily spend our time creating specialties….And because cooking and pastry is a fun and useful way for us to stay busy and creative, we suggest you make a Special Halva of Constantinople that is a classic home-made, quick, easy and especially popular sweet during the fasting season.
- 4 mugs of water
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1½ cup honey
- 2 mugs of semolina (thick)
- 100 grams of almonds or walnuts or peanuts
- Grated cinnamon
- Orange zest or Lemon zest
- In a saucepan put the water and the lemon zest, and when it starts to warm, add the honey. Stir well and then put the warm syrup aside.
- In another saucepan, heat the olive oil well, and add the semolina over medium heat for about 5 min, stirring with a wooden ladle (taking care not to grab), until the semolina turns brown.
- When the semolina has lightly browned, remove the saucepan from the heat and add (carefully because it splashes) the syrup, stirring continuously. Add the nuts, the almonds or the peanuts.
- Once you have poured the syrup, put the pot back to fire for as long as it takes until it slightly thickens.
- Put halva in a baking form and let it to cool for about an hour before serving, in order to become easily sliceable.
- Once it solidifies, remove the halva from the form, put it into a platter and sprinkle it with some cinnamon. In addition to walnuts, we can add peanuts, almonds and pine seeds
Your halva is ready to be served! ENJOY IT! BON APPETITE!
Recipe from: http://constantinoupoli.com/