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Greek halvas (semolina pudding) with roasted almonds

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A very easy recipe for one of the most favorite traditional cakes!


1 cup olive oil
2 cups semolina
2 cups sugar
4 cups water
200 gr. almonds, roasted and finely chopped
1 cinnamon stick & orange peel for the syrup
cinnamon powder (to garnish)

First prepare the syrup. Put sugar, water, cinnamon stick and orange peel in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar melts and they come to a boil. Remove saucepan from heat.

Pour olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add semolina and almonds and stir until they turn golden. Constantly stirring and gradually add the syrup into the pot. Continue stirring until the mixture pulls away from the pot's sides. Remove the pot from the heat. Transfer the mixture into a nonstick bunt mold and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

To serve, cover the mold with a cake platter, turn it upside down and remove the mold. Serve the halva garnished with cinnamon.


If you want to make your semolina cake more special, use molds in various shapes ( heart, flower etc.), melt chocolate "bain marrie" and pour over halva. Garnish with almonds, coconut flakes, strawberries etc. Use your imagination, be creative and you'll earn a lot of credits!

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