Sweet Semolina: Halva

Recipe courtesy Cat Cora
TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 35 min
YIELD: 6 to 8 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

SEMOLINA:
  • 4 ounces olive oil
  • 4 ounces finely ground semolina
  • 4 ounces coarsely ground semolina
  • 2 ounces blanched and finely chopped almonds
  • Ground cinnamon
SYRUP:
  • 12 ounces water
  • 10 ounces sugar
  • 1/2 lemon
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Directions

Heat oil in a medium pot on medium-high heat. Add the semolinas and almonds and stir constantly until the semolina is cooked and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
In a small pot, mix the water, sugar, lemon half, cloves, and cinnamon. Place on high heat and bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium-high heat and simmer until sugar has dissolved, about 6 minutes. Pass through a sieve and discard lemon and spices.
Carefully, pour the syrup over the semolina and stir until well blended. Cover the pot and let sit to absorb, about 10 minutes.
Spoon the mixture into 3 1/2 to 4-ounce ramekins and let cool. Unmold onto a plate and sprinkle with cinnamon.

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