An Egyptian Dessert Named "Sweetness"

September  1, 2015

In English, "halawa" is usually written "halva," although the origin of the word is the Arabic "halawa," meaning sweetness.

Photo by Jonathan Gregson

There are several types of halawa eaten throughout the world, mainly in the Middle East and Africa, but the main type of halawa we use in Egypt is the "halawa tahineya,"which is made from a paste of ground sesame seeds.

These truffles are small bite-size sweets to serve alongside coffee or tea after a meal. They are very sweet, so one or two per person would probably do the job.

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This recipe comes from my book Cairo Kitchen (Hardie Grant, 2015).

Do you have a favorite Middle Eastern cookie? How about one that uses sesame seeds? Tell us in the comments below!

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Andrea H. December 5, 2015
Where do you get good quality halva. The packaged joya looks unappealing.
arlene29 December 8, 2015
Jewish delis usually have good, and fresh halvah.