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Basic Halva | My Curated Tastes
Basic Halva | My Curated Tastes
Basic Halva | My Curated Tastes
Basic Halva | My Curated Tastes

Basic Halva

If you are looking for a basic halva recipe, this is it. A delicious tahini based dessert, halva is something special. Once you've had it, you'll crave it forever!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Candy
Cuisine General
Servings 12 Served
Calories 97 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1 ½ Cups Tahini (usually a 16 oz. jar of tahini)
  • 1/3 Tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 ½ Cups Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray


  • Spray an 8 ½ x 4-½ inch loaf pan with nonstick spray and then line it withparchment paper. Leave 2-inch overhang on both of the long sides.
  • Mix the tahini (often the oil has separated from the sesame paste so stir this completely before adding to other ingredients), salt and vanilla in a medium bowl to combine. Put that to the side.
  • Cook the sugar and ½ cup of water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved (about 4-5 minutes). Increase the heat to medium high and fit with a candy thermometer. (See note below) Cook the syrup, brushing the sides of the pot with a wet pastry brush as needed to dissolve the crystalized sugar that forms, until the thermometer reads 250 degrees exactly. (This can take anywhere from 7-10 minutes). Rely on the thermometer not on the clock!
  • As soon as it hits 250 degrees, immediately remove pan from stove and gradually add to the tahini in the bowl stirring constantly with a spatula. Continue to mix until the halva comes together into a smooth mass and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl (takes under a minute for this to happen). Don’t over mix this or the candy becomes crumbly. Immediately scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Let cool completely.
  • Cut into slices or small squares to serve.


Calories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 25gFat: 0.1gSodium: 53mgPotassium: 1mgSugar: 25gCalcium: 0.3mgIron: 0.01mg
Keyword candy, dessert, halvah
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