Halva (Almond Dessert)


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup finely ground almonds
  • 1 cup raw cream of wheat


  1. Combine the sugar, honey, water, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook over low heat 20 minutes.
  2. While the syrup is cooking, melt the butter in a skillet; add the almonds and cream of wheat. Cook over low heat, stirring steadily, until browned.
  3. Add to the syrup (after syrup has cooked 20 minutes), mix well, cover, and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour into a buttered 8 x 10-inch buttered shallow pan. Cool.
  5. Cut into squares and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar or cinnamon.

Makes 20 (2-inch) squares.

Source: Where East Meets West