Home-made Halvà with Tahini


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Halvà is a sweet that is eaten from Mediterranean Sea to India in several variations and textures. In Greece we have three different types of halvà. The first and most common one is halvà with semolina. This one is made very easily at home. The second one is halvà with tahini, the recipe of which I am giving you today and it is eaten mostly during Lent periods. Most of the people buy it from specialty stores or supermarkets and eat it with bread. The third type is called Sapouné halva, it is made with butter and looks like a transparent brown soap. This last one is made in a city called Farsala on the mainland Greece and the residents of this place claim that its great taste is due to the local water.

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I have been wanting to make tahini halvà for some time now, but I was reluctant. I have a friend Nectaria, who used to have a pastry shop. Now, she is a stay at home mom and she gave me a recipe to try. Also, she made some at her home and I watched how she did it. It is ridiculously easy to make and I felt stupid I haven’t tried it so far.

So, yesterday that my day was somewhat more relaxed, I went ahead and I made a small portion and it was so easy and so tasty that I decided to never again buy it from the store.

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Normally the mixing is done by hand wearing a very thick silicone hand, so as not to be burnt by the hot caramel. I don’t have such a glove and neither does my friend Nectaria, so we let the mixer do all the hard work. I am sure that kneading it by hand makes it even closer to the store bought texture-wise, but I think that this one is also great.

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Home-made Halvà with Tahini

Ingredients

300 gr./11 oz. tahini

100 gr.4 oz. sugar

70 gr./2.5 oz. honey

1 vanillin or ½ tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup almonds, blanched

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Instructions

Pour the tahini in your mixer bowl and put the paddle.

Preheat oven to 175° C/ 350° F.

Place the almonds in tray and put them in the oven for about five minutes.

Be careful and don’t leave the oven unattended because they are burnt very easily. Trust me on that, experience talks.

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Remove from the oven and put aside.

In a medium pot add the sugar on medium heat.

When it starts to boil remove immediately and add the honey.

Whisk to incorporate.

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Turn on the mixer to second gear and start pouring little by little the caramelized sugar.

You will see that as you pour the caramel the tahini starts to thicken and gather around the paddle. Whisk for a minute and it is done.

Put it in a glass or metal mold and let it rest and cool for about two hours.

Serve with sprinkled cinnamon.

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5.0 from 4 reviews

Home-made Halvà with Tahini
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 300 gr./11 oz. tahini
  • 100 gr.4 oz. sugar
  • 70 gr./2.5 oz. honey
  • 1 vanillin or ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup almonds, blanched

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Pour the tahini in your mixer bowl and put the paddle.
  2. Preheat oven to 175° C/ 350° F.
  3. Place the almonds in tray and put them in the oven for about five minutes.
  4. Be careful and don’t leave the oven unattended because they are burnt very easily. Trust me on that, experience talks.
  5. Remove from the oven and put aside.
  6. In a medium pot add the sugar on medium heat.
  7. When it starts to boil remove immediately and add the honey.
  8. Whisk to incorporate.
  9. Turn on the mixer to second gear and start pouring little by little the caramelized sugar.
  10. You will see that as you pour the caramel the tahini starts to thicken and gather around the paddle. Whisk for a minute and it is done.
  11. Put it in a glass or metal mold and let it rest and cool for about two hours.
  12. Serve with sprinkled cinnamon.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe by Nectaria

5.0 from 4 reviews

Χαλβάς με Ταχίνι
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Γλυκό
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 300 γρ. ταχίνι
  • 100 γρ. ζάχαρη
  • 70 γρ. μέλι
  • 1 βανιλλίνη ή ½ κ.γ. εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
  • ⅓ φλ. αμύγδαλα, καθαρισμένα

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Ρίξτε το ταχίνι στο μπολ του μίξερ σας και βάλτε το κάπα.
  2. Προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 175° C.
  3. Τοποθετήστε τα αμύγδαλα σε ένα ταψί και βάλτε το στο φούρνο για περίπου πέντε λεπτά.
  4. Να είστε προσεκτικοί και να μην αφήσετε το φούρνο χωρίς παρακολούθηση, επειδή καίγονται πολύ εύκολα.
  5. Βγάλτε τα από το φούρνο και βάλτε τα στην άκρη.
  6. Σε μια μέτρια κατσαρόλα προσθέστε τη ζάχαρη σε μέτρια φωτιά.
  7. Όταν αρχίσει να βράζει, βγάλτε τη αμέσως από τη φωτιά και προσθέστε το μέλι.
  8. Ανακατέψτε να ενσωματωθούν.
  9. Βάλτε μπρος το μίξερ στη δεύτερη ταχύτητα και αρχίστε να ρίχνετε σιγά-σιγά την καραμελοποιημένη ζάχαρη.
  10. Θα δείτε ότι, όπως εσείς ρίχνετε την καραμέλα, το ταχίνι αρχίζει να σφίγγει και να συγκεντρώνεται γύρω από το κάπα. Χτυπήστε για ένα λεπτό, και είναι έτοιμος.
  11. Βάλτε σε μπολ ή σε ένα καλούπι για να πάρει τη φόρμα του και αφήστε το να κρυώσει για περίπου δύο ώρες.
  12. Σερβίρετε με κανέλα.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή της Νεκταρίας Ζ. Πανταζοπούλου

34 Responses to Home-made Halvà with Tahini

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  1. Oh no, it seems like I’m the only one who doesn’t know this delicious dessert Halva?! I love Tahini and I’m sure I’ll enjoy this thoroughly, but it sucks to know I’m missing out something amazing like this… So glad to see this post today and learn. :)

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  3. Asmita says:

    Every visit to your site and I leave starving. All these desserts are making me crazy hungry!

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  5. Halva is the best! I’m so glad you shared this recipe, I never knew how to make it before and it’s always so hard to get hold of from where I live (and expensive too!). Hopefully I can try your recipe!

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  7. Bety says:

    Katerina,
    I’m impressed by the step by step photos of sweet easter bread and cookies. And I love halva and must try your recipe!

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  9. Susan says:

    What lovely halva molds and presentation, Katerina. I remember having halva years and years ago but not since then. They look delicious.

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  11. This is the halva I am most familiar with, with tahini. I am addicted to this stuff so it is an occasional treat or I will eat it all. Yours looks delicious.

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  13. Julie says:

    What an interesting recipe, beautiful too! I love reading your blog, I always learn so much.

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  15. mjskit says:

    Well this is certainly different. I’ve never had halva and not sure if I’ve even heard of it. You certainly do a good sell on it. It looks delicious and the ingredients definitely have piqued my interest. Looks easy enough and would be a different treat for us. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Pepi says:

    Καταπληκτικό!!!!
    Δεν έχω ξαναδεί συνταγή για χαλβα με ταχίνι!!
    Εξαιρετική φωτογράφιση!! Τέλειος είναι!!!
    Μπράβο!!

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  19. Ειρήνη Ε. (Συνταγές της καρδιάς) says:

    Ωραίος ο χαλβάς σου, Κατερίνα. Το ιδανικό γλυκάκι για την Μ. Εβδομάδα. Καλοφάγωτος.

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  21. grace says:

    i’ve never eaten halva, but i do love my sweets! i’m also always excited to find new uses for tahini!

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  23. Kathy says:

    Yummmmm! I love halva…would love to give this recipe a try. I always have tahini in my house. I think it’s in my future! Thanks for the recipe!

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  25. Wow Katerina, wonderful presentation! It’s simple to make, with few ingredients!

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  27. Simply delicious and moreish desert. Yum!

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  29. Love your version of tahini halva’s! So beautiful and delish :)

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  31. Vita says:

    Εξαιρετικός Κατερίνα! Θα τον δοκιμάσω τη Μεγαλοβδομάδα!

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  33. Claire says:

    These pictures are beautiful! I have never heard of this dessert before but it looks wonderful!

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  35. I’m really curious to try this out, Katerina, didn’t even think you could use tahini for sweets!

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  37. mm_skg says:

    Υπεροχο επιδορπιο Κατερινα!

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  39. divya says:

    luks gorgeous and liked the presentation

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  41. What delicious looking desserts!

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  43. Balvinder says:

    I love Halwa, although I haven’t tried this one but it sounds wonderful!I like the way you plated the molded halwa.

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  45. Beth says:

    What a beautiful dessert! It’s always fun to realize you can make something that tastes much better than if it’s store-bought.

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  47. Halva reminds me of my childhood, I could eat tones of it. I used to love it’s original taste :)

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  49. I love halva! Wow! Would never think to make it at home. Looks amazing.

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  51. CCU says:

    What an exquisite dessert my friend, I have never seen it before but would love to try it :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  53. Sissi says:

    Halva brings back childhood memories… I don’t know why but halva was very popular when I was a child, it was imported from Turkey I think, but available in every single grocery or sweets’ shop. It was sickly sweet though, but I loved it. I think it was made with sesame paste too.
    Certainly your halva looks hundred times better and surprisingly feasible (i have always been certain it was very complicated and difficult). I love the presentation with cinnamon sticks and I think these photos are fantastic.
    I am bookmarking one more dish from your blog!

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  55. It is nice to watch someone else make something to learn a technique. Your halvà looks great.

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  57. Asmita says:

    Hi Katerina,
    I love halwa and boy am I impressed with this! I wish I could taste this right now. Fantastic work!!!
    PS: Please send me some.

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  59. Τι υπέροχη συνταγή Κατερίνα μου! Έχω δει άπειρες για σιμιγδαλένιο χαλβά, μα καμία για το συγκεκριμένο! Έκανες πολύ καλά που την ανέβασες! Μου δίνεις ιδέα για να τον κάνω δίχρωμο!
    Φιλιά πολλά!

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  61. Joanne says:

    I ADORE halva and have always wanted to try my hand at it! Thanks for this great recipe!

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  63. Awesome! I love this kind of halva and I haven’t seen anyone blogging it. I didn’t realize it was this easy either!

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  65. Ξανθή says:

    Αυτό πολύ αθ ήθελα να το δοκιμάσω!!
    Καλό μεσημέρι κι αν δεν τα ξαναπούμε Καλό Πάσχα!!

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  67. This tahini dessert looks creamy and delicious!

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