Halva is an easy dessert to prepare. Because it's a sweet and rich confection that's similar to fudge, one or two small pieces of it are enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Apart from sunflower seeds, halva can also be made with nuts like pistachios or cashews, and should be served with non-sweetened beverage like tea or coffee.
Things You'll Need
- Nut grinder
- Medium-sized glass baking dish
- Two medium-sized pots
- Two wooden spoons
- 1½ cups shelled sunflower seeds
- 1½ cups butter
- 1 tbs. of butter
- 2 cups of sugar
- 4 cups of water
- Dash of vanilla
- 1 box of Cream of Wheat
Prep Work Before Cooking Halva
Grind the shelled sunflower seeds into smaller pieces with the nut grinder.
Scoop out a tbs. of butter and sit it in the middle of the glass baking dish.
Cover the butter with a napkin and rub it over the bottom and the sides of the dish so the entire surface is coated.
Put 2 cups of sugar, 4 cups of water and a dash of vanilla in a large pot, and constantly stir over medium heat until it thickens.
Turn down the heat on the syrup, and stir it occasionally.
Melt 1½ cups of butter in another large pot on medium heat.
Gradually pour in 1 box of Cream of Wheat and stir it in.
Keep stirring the mixture until it turns light brown.
Gradually add the syrup to the Cream of Wheat and butter mixture and continuously stir the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined.
Pour the halva into the buttered baking dish.
Sprinkle cinnamon over the halva.
Cover the entire surface with the sunflower seeds.
Chill the baking dish in the refrigerator for two hours before serving.