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    Greek Halva (A Semolina Pudding)

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    30 mins

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    10 mins

    katia's Note:

    This is another recipe for halva, my mum's recipe. It's one of the most common desserts in Greece and perfect for a lent. You can add in it raisins, almonds, pecan, pine nuts, its up to you!

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    Ingredients:

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Brown the semolina in the oil on medium - high heat stirring continuously for 3 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add the sugar, the nuts (if using) and continue stirring for another 4 minutes.
    3. 3
      When the semolina has taken a brown colour add the hot water. (Be careful, there are bubbles and steam!)
    4. 4
      Turn the heat down and continue stirring until the mixture is very thick and its pulls away from the sides of the pan as stirring.
    5. 5
      Spoon into a bundt pan, on in small bowls and unmol onto a platter on onto individuals plates.
    6. 6
      Sprinkle with more nuts and cinnamon.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 29, 2010

      45

      Good recipe. Though be warned this took me longer than 30 minutes. Almost 45. I thought it would be quick and easy but didn't realise I'd have to stand there stirring for so long. It took quite some time for the semolina to thicken and I admit I didn't wait until it started pulling away from the pot completely. Otherwise a good dish.

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    • on November 05, 2008

      55

      I used way less sugar and added ground cardamon, raisins (a tasty addition that adds sweetness) and hemp nuts. Very nice.

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    • on October 17, 2007

      55

      I could never give Halva less than 5 stars as it is one of family's favourite desserts. This recipe of katia's is pretty standard, as there's a 1-2-3-4 set measure. 1 cup of oil, 2 cups semolina, 3 cups sugar, 4 cups water. Like me, katia has reduced the sugar, but I go even less - I can go anywhere from 1 3/4 cups to 2 cups, depending on how sweet we want it - never more than 2 cups. It is a wonderful dessert and very economical. When I made it, I packed it into a bundt cake pan to mold it into a pretty shape. Once cool, it slices into lovely pieces. Do not forget a sprinkle of cinnamon at serving.

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    Nutritional Facts for Greek Halva (A Semolina Pudding)

    Serving Size: 1 (119 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 18

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 280.7
     
    Calories from Fat 109
    39%
    Total Fat 12.2 g
    18%
    Saturated Fat 1.6 g
    8%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 1.5 mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrate 41.3 g
    13%
    Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
    3%
    Sugars 27.7 g
    111%
    Protein 2.3 g
    4%

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