Flour Halvah

Flour Halvah

If you don’t have much time for making something special for your guests to serve them at tea time, this is just for you. Today I got a phone call from my close friend, Hacer’s husband. It was an invitation to her birthday party, I didin’t know that as I can’t keep such things in my mind. I was working and would leave my work late today. I just felt hopeless as I didn’t have enough time to go buy something. The worst, we needed to do shopping for our pantry. Then I remembered that she likes flour halvah much. So after coming from school, we prepared the dinner first (which was a quick one), then I prepared this flour halvah which contains the simplest ingredients. I took it to the party as my birthday present. Personally, I love such handmade presents more than bought ones. And it was enough for me to see the smile on her face when she greets me at door with flour halvah in my hands.

This dessert also has an importance for me, it always reminds me my grandma. She was so good at making this yummy dessert. And in Turkey, generally girls learn it from their grandmas. So in memoriam of my dear grandma…

Un Helvasi

•    100gr butter
•    2 cups flour
•    1 ½ cup sugar
•    2 cups water
•    Coconut, walnut (or any kind of nuts you like) and cinnamon for garnishing

First put water and sugar in a pot and boil it.

In another large fireproof pot, melt the butter. Then add flour in it and saute it on medium heat  for about 20 minutes until it changes its color to golden (or brownish, how you like). When it’s done, pour the boiling sherbet into it. But be careful not to burn yourself as it may splash out of the pot.

At this step, the speed of mixing is so important. Mix it as fast as you can until smooth. When it gets thicker than pudding, it’ done. Or you can go on cooking a few minutes more if you want it to be even more thicker.

Then let it cool. While serving shape them with hands as in the picture and garnish it with coconut, cinnamon and walnut. I used just coconut and walnut for garnishing, the cinnamon sticks are just for decoration.

This is a very easy but wonderful dessert especially when you have limited ingredients.
Flour Halvah


  1. says

    I often find myself in this situation when I am short of time because I focus too much on the main course and then I am in need of a easy and delicious dessert just like that! Thanks for this recipe!

  2. says

    I follow your blog via rss, I love it :) I love turkish food, and i am so pleased you post lots of home dishes :)))))

    This halva sound moister than the usual one, I’ll give it a try :))
    What does halva mean?

  3. says

    Zerrin, I bet you made your grandmother pride!!!!! Well done!!
    This dessert is easy & looks so yummie:)!! & Thanks for this wonderful story!!!

  4. says

    Natasha – Just as you say, this easy dessert is a great saver.

    Christelle Vaillant – Thank you so much. Glad you like our cuisine and my recipes. Halvah doesn’t have an English meaning, the word is originally Arabic, meaning a dessert made from butter, sugar and flour or semolina. (I’ll ad the semolina version later.)

    Reeni – It was just how you describe.

    Sophie – Grandma used to teach several dishes to me when I was a little child. I wish she could see this.

  5. says

    I love the fact that I am pretty much guaranteed to always have all of the ingredients for this to hand, definitely increases the chances that I will try it out!

  6. says

    These look so delicious and easy to make! They’re like shortbread cookies but the method is different and unique. Thank you for sharing!

  7. OysterCulture says

    What a wonderful delicious looking dish, this looks perfect with tea as you said!


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