Dessert Recipes

Spiced Semolina & Almond Halva

June 29, 2022

A deliciously spiced treat for any time of day, or year

Serves 20
Prep Time
Cook Time
Difficulty Level
4 / 5

Made of semolina and almonds, our recipe for halva, a puddling-like, Middle Eastern dessert is a treat for the senses. The union of cinnamon, orange rind and raisins make a divine fragrance that will permeate the room as your halva starts taking shape on the pan. Perfect for any time of the day or year.




Grease a 20 cm x 30 cm (slice pan or ovenproof dish; line base and sides with baking paper, extending paper 5 cm over short sides.


Stir sugar, the water, cloves and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil; boil, uncovered, without stirring, 5 mins. Cool 5 mins.


Meanwhile, heat butter in a large saucepan until foaming. Add semolina and chopped nuts; cook, stirring, about 8 mins or until browned lightly. Remove from heat. Carefully strain sugar syrup into semolina mixture (mixture will bubble up).


Return pan to heat, add rind and raisins; cook, stirring, about 1 min or until thick and starting to come away from the side of the pan.


Spread semolina mixture into slice pan; top with extra nuts, cool. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon before cutting.