Halva – Greek Nut Candy

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Most Greek pastries, cookies and candy usually require many steps and several hours.  While working on pastries for the Greek Bazaar recently, I happened upon a recipe that looked right up my ally. The recipe has less than 10 ingredients, 1 paragraph of instructions and no oven!  I was a little surprised to see Cream of Wheat as an ingredient but was willing to give it a go. And it was a hit! This recipe is adapted from the Cooking Greek for Tulsa cookbook put out by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Easy, tasty and pretty healthy!

Ingredients

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 cups regular cream of wheat (used instant and it was ok)

Syrup:

2 ½ cups sugar

4 cups water

1 tsp. vanilla

Topping:

Chopped nuts

Crushed pumpkin seeds (optional)

Cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Prepare syrup and bring to a boil.
  2. In a large pot, brown cream of wheat in oil, stirring consistently.
  3. Pour syrup into cream of what slowly, being careful not to get burned by the steam. (Initially I thought this was crazy commentary but really keep your face back!)
  4. Stir over medium heat until thickened at least 5 – 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and place a kitchen towel over pot and put lid on. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Pour into 9×13 pan and top with nuts and/or pumpkin seeds and cinnamon.
  7. Cut into squares and enjoy!
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