Halva, derived from the Arabic word halwa, meaning sweet, is one of the tastiest offerings of the Middle East. It's a soft, fudgelike candy made out of sesame paste. My version is dipped in chocolate so it's extra special!


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You will need:
2 cups sugar 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla zest of 1/2 lemon
13/4 cups tahini
pinch of sea salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
sesame seeds for topping
  1. Line an 8- × 8- inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine sugar, water, vanilla, and lemon zest in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook sugar syrup without stirring until it reaches 245°F on a candy thermometer.
  3. While syrup is cooking, put tahini and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  4. Beat tahini on medium speed and add hot syrup in a stream. Mix just until syrup is incorporated and mixture pulls away from sides of bowl (30 seconds to 1 minute). Do not overmix.
  5. Quickly and carefully, press hot halva mixture into prepared pan. Allow to cool, and cut into desired shapes.
  6. Heat chocolate in the top of a double boiler setup until melted.
  7. Dip halva pieces into chocolate and set on lined tray. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  8. Allow to cool and serve. Or store wrapped in plastic for up to 2 weeks.

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Halva, derived from the Arabic word halwa, meaning sweet, is one of the tastiest offerings of the Middle East. It's a soft, fudgelike candy made out of sesame paste. My version is dipped in chocolate so it's extra special!
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