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Recipe for Greek Style Sesame Halva

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In Greece, there are two basic ingredients that make halva. In some version, semolina is used. In other versions, however, sesame seeds in the form of tahini paste is used. Although the semolina version is more popular, the tahini-based version is also made in parts of Greece.

Greek Style Sesame Halva Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Greek honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted pistachios, walnuts, or almonds
  • 2 cups tahini

How to Make Greek Style Sesame Halva:

Pour the honey into a saucepan and heat on medium until a candy thermometer reads to 240 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the saucepan from the stove and let it cool for about 15 minutes.

Add the vanilla extract and nuts to the saucepan and stir gently.

Gently fold in the tahini after that. Keep folding the mixture until it is well incorporated.

Spray a 6-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the mixture into the pan. Refrigerate for about 24 hours to let it set.

When ready to serve, remove the halva from the loaf pan and cut into pieces.

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