Turkish halwa

    15 min

    This traditional Turkish version of halva is easy and yummy!

    14 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 350ml water
    • 350ml treacle
    • 125g unsalted butter
    • 250g plain flour
    • 30g chopped walnuts

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Bring water and treacle to the boil in a saucepan. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a separate saucepan over low heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
    2. Pour the treacle mixture into the flour, stirring to form a ball. Fold in chopped walnuts. Drop onto greaseproof paper by the spoonful, and allow to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.

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    EDIT: The first time I made this it came out perfect, the second and third times I had the problems of other reviewers. Here are my tips: let the molasses/water boil for 10 minutes or so to reduce before mixing it in. Spread onto a baking sheet, and let cool. Cut into diamonds or other easy shapes when you're done. I thought this recipe was great. I didn't know what it was when I started making it, but it is a nice sweet. I like that it doesn't use refined sugar, only molases. And the texture is really interesting!  -  03 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Nothing about this recipe was as I expected. When the flour is added to the butter, it formed crumbs! When adding the molasses, I had a soupy, lumpy mass. My wire whisk beat the dough somewhat smoother. After dropping the scoops onto the paper, they never hardened. This was like eating spoon fudge! On the plus side, I can say that this was sweet!  -  17 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe looked really weird at first, but then tasted really good! We added twice the amount of walnuts and rolled the Halwa in them. This is only if you like walnuts. Very easy recipe too!  -  30 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)