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Sweet Macedonian Semolina Halva

The name may confuse you into thinking store bought ground sesame seed halva, but this an entirely different recipe.  Each is delicious in their own way.


2 cups olive oil
2 lbs. coarse semolina flour
2 cups honey (or sugar)
1 cup chopped blanched almonds
8 cups water
ground cinnamon


1.  Prepare a medium size bundt form by lining it with butter and wax paper.

2.  Heat the oil in a deep skillet.  Add the semolina and fry it until begins to turn golden brown.

3.  In a separate pot, heat the water with the honey (or sugar).  Boil it until it begins to get syrupy.  Using a ladle, spoon the hot liquid into the semolina mixture while whisking all the time.  Keep stirring until all the syrup has been incorporated and add the almonds.

4.  Pour the halva into the prepared form and set it aside to cool.  Turn the halva out on a platter and peel away the wax paper.  Sprinkle it with cinnamon and serve.


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