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Video:Sesame Halvah

with Natasha Levitan

A classic Middle Eastern confection, halvah often appears at banquets and ceremonial occasions, but you can enjoy it any time. Learn how to bake this tasty sesame version of halvah.See Transcript

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Transcript:Sesame Halvah

Hi, my name is Natasha Levitan for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make sesame halvah.

Sesame Halvah Ingredients

For this recipe, you will need:
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup rose water
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 lemon and a citrus reamer
  • 1 1/2 cup of tahini
  • candy thermometer

Extract Lemon Juice

First, extract lemon juice with a citrus reamer over a strainer to keep out seeds and pulp.

Make Halvah Sugar Syrup

Next, we'll make sugar syrup. In a medium sauce pan, combine sugar, rosewater and lemon juice and stir. Insert a candy thermometer, turn the heat on medium and heat the mixture until it boils and the temperature reads 240 degrees. Turn the heat off and cool the syrup for a couple of minutes.

Heat the Tahini

In a small saucepan, insert thermometer. Heat tahini on a medium heat until the thermometer reads 120 degrees.

Combine the Halvah Ingredients

Slowly add tahini to the hot sugar syrup. Mix it with a whisk until everything is combined. Add vanilla flavoring and mix again until the mixture starts to thicken.

Pour Halvah in the Mold

Line your baking pan with a parchment paper. Pour your mixture into the pan. Cover it with aluminum paper or cling wrap and leave it refrigerator for 36 hours. Then take it out and cut into squares.

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