Sesame halva is popular in the Balkans,Middle East, and other areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The primary ingredients in this confection are sesame butter or paste (called “tahini”), and sugar, glucose or honey (Wikipedia).
When you make your own Halva, you can control the amount and type of sweeteners you put in, as opposed to the store-bought which contains plenty of refined sugar, and you can add any nuts and spices you’d like.
This is my basic recipe but you can feel free to play with the spices and additions you put in it:
1/2 cup raw tahini
3 Tbsp honey
3/4 cup – 1 cup sesame seeds – FINELY GROUND (in a coffee grinder)
Add a handful of toasted pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts and any other nut you’d like. I also added sugar-free dried cranberries ( just because I wanted to add another texture <chewy> and bits of sour-fruity-flavor).
optional: spices (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves)
Kneed till you end up with a thick paste, almost like a dough, that is easy to form into balls or flatten on a pan.
Elongated fingers covered with sesame seeds
Halva squares (can be covered with melted bitter chocolate)