You don’t have any fancy ingredients in your pantry but you are craving for something sweet so badly? Give this simple Turkish Halva Recipe a try. You only need 4 ingredients and a little time for this thick and creamy dessert.
This is a very easy but wonderful dessert especially when you have limited ingredients. If you don’t have much time or enough ingredients for making something special for your guests at an afternoon tea party, this Turkish Halva Recipe is just for you.
Turkish Halva Ingredients
You basically need 4 ingredients to make it: Butter, flour, sugar and water. These are the ingredients for traditional halva. Nothing else is needed. I remember my grandma used to make it with only these ingredients. On the other hand, it is a quite customizable recipe and younger people are likely to make additions. For example, you can add nuts into it and top it with something like pistachio or cinnamon if you want to enrich your halva.
What Is Halva Dessert
In Turkish cuisine, there are two types of halva dessert that you can make at home. One of them is Semolina Halva and the other is Flour Halva. As you can guess, the former is made with semolina and the latter is made with flour. No matter what it is made with, halva is the simplest dessert on earth. Either flour or semolina is cooked with butter (or sometimes oil) and then combined with sugar and water in the same pan. Easy, isn’t it?
Both of them are mostly served at funerals, but also known as a family dessert. They are grandmother type of desserts, so either of them is a staple at family gatherings. My grandma was really good at making this simple dessert and it always reminds me of her. So I’d like to share this halva recipe in memoriam of my dear grandma.
Interested in Turkish food and want to learn more? Go check out our Homemade Turkish Delight Recipe too!
How To Make Halva Recipe
Prepare the syrup first. Combine sugar and water in a pan and bring it to boil. Let it simmer for a few minutes and then remove from the heat.
Melt butter in a large pan and add in flour and nuts if you are using. Stir it well using a wooden spoon and bring it to very low heat and keep stirring until the flour gets golden brown and you feel a toasted aroma. Remove it from the heat.
Pour in the hot syrup when the flour is golden brown and remove from the heat. Keep stirring it as it cools down. You will see it holds together and forms a ball. Traditionally, you can give it an oval shape using a tablespoon or you can just serve it in bowls or on plates. You can top it with coconut flakes, ground pistachio or cinnamon.
Note: We always make this halva with all-purpose flour but I wonder whether a Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour would work too. Will have to try it. Please share it here if you try it earlier. I’d love to hear the result!
Chocolate Halva Recipe
If you want to take this simple dessert to a next level, you know what you need: Chocolate! Melt dark chocolate in a heat-proof cup over simmering water. Add this into the halva when you pour the syrup into it and follow the same steps mentioned above. If you are a chocolate fan, I’m sure you will love that version even more.
Turkish Halva Recipe vs Persian Halva Recipe
Although their methods and the main ingredients are almost the same, these are not exactly the same treats. Unlike Turkish halva, Persian halva has two more flavors: saffron and rosewater. These are added in the syrup while it is boiling.
As for the serving, it is almost a must to serve halva with Turkish Tea. It balances the sweetness of the dessert when you drink it without sugar.Print
Turkish Halva Recipe
A super easy Turkish dessert with 6 ingredients.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 17 minutes
- Total Time: 19 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Turkish
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 50g butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup walnuts or peanuts, optional
- Ground pistachio for topping, optional
- Put water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes over medium low heat and remove from heat.
- In another large non-stick pot, melt the butter. Then add flour and peanuts in it and cook over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes or until golden, or you feel a toasted aroma, stirring continually. When it’s done, bring it to the lowest heat and pour the boiling syrup into the pot. Be careful not to burn yourself as it might splash out of the pot.
- Stir it with a wooden spoon as fast as you can until smooth. When it gets thicker than pudding, it’s done.
- Remove from heat and let it cool.
- Serve them in small cups or shape them using a tablespoon or with your hand as in the picture before serving.
- Top with ground pistachio, coconut flakes or cinnamon.
- Calories: 253
- Sugar: 25g
- Sodium: 3.6mg
- Fat: 12.3g
- Carbohydrates: 35.8g
- Protein: 2g
- Cholesterol: 13.4mg
This post was originally posted in 2009 and we are updating it with a new picture and additional information today.