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Halva recipe – tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

Halva opskrift – tahin karameller der smager ligesom flødekarameller. Sunde og uden raffineret sukker.  

Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

I am the kind of person who brings back food as souvenirs from vacations (as all of you who follow me on Instagram knows). There is just something special about buying authentic, local foods right from the manufacturer in some small shop or booth and bringing it home in your own suitcase all by yourself. No big containers and mass import. It makes me oddly happy.

In Israel I was lucky enough to get to visit a small, family-owned, 200-year-old halva and tahini factory. It was so nice to see such an old factory with all the old machines and hear about the old methods for roasting sesame seeds.

Aaaaand I had to buy a big jar of tahini and a huge chunk of halva.

Jeg er en af de der skøre mennesker, der tager mad hjem som souvenirs fra ferier. Der er bare et eller andet over at købe noget lækkert, lokalt mad direkte fra producenten og selv tage det med hjem i kufferten – helt uden om masseproduktion og store containerskibe.

I Israel var jeg så heldig at få lov at besøge en 200 år gammel tahin og halva fabrik, hvor de producerede tahin, som de gjorde for 200 år siden – på det helt samme maskiner!

Og ja, selvfølgelig skulle der en båtte tahin og et stort stykke halva med hjem, det skulle der da.

Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

So, what is halva? The quick answer is “my new favourite sweet”.

Halva is a kind of tahini fudge which they serve everywhere in Israel. I fell in love at the first bite. It tastes like tahini and have the loveliest consistency on earth. And it’s not even that bad for you. Can you imagine?

Halva is made from nothing but tahini and honey. That’s it. Full of healthy fats from the sesame butter and made completely without refined sugar. Uhm, yes please!! Okay so halva might not exactly be good for you considered the big amount of honey. But then again – you only need a bite or two. And it is certainly better than usual fudge and caramels.

Så, hvad er halva? Mit nye yndlingsslik.

Halva er en form for tahin karameller, som de serverer alle steder i Israel. Det smager som tahin og honning og har den lækreste konsistens. Og så er det endda ikke så usundt, som man skulle tro. Halva er nemlig lavet af tahin og honning. That’s it. Stopfyldt med sundt fedt fra sesam smøret og helt uden rafineret sukker. Jatak! Okay, der er indrømmet ret meget sukker i pga. honinnegn, men så igen – det er bedre end så meget andet.

Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free. Halva recipe - tahini fudge that tastes just like old-fashioned caramels. Healthy and refined sugar free.

Coming home I had to make my own halva. (Un)fortunately it didn’t turn out exactly like the one I had in Israel. But I decided to share the recipe anyway, because guess what? It tastes exactly like good old cream caramels (with a hint of sesame, but who’s complaining here?) – you know, those made with butter, heavy cream and sugar. It must be magic! Really.

So here it is. Enjoy a piece of sticky, sweet caramel – all natural!

Da jeg kom hjem blev jeg simpelthen nødt til at prøve at lave halva selv. (U)heldigvis blev det ikke præcis som det, jeg fik i Israel. Men opskriften skulle alligevel på bloggen, for der skete noget magisk… Resultatet smager nemlig fuldstændig som gode gammeldags flødekarameller (med et hint af tahin, men jeg klager ikke) – du ved, de gode gamle klistrede lysebrune (lækre) karameller lavet med smør, fløde og sukker. Hvis det ikke er magi, ved jeg ikke hvad det er.

Så værsgo’ og nyd et lækkert stykke klistret karamel – helt naturligt!

Tahini Fudge aka. Faux Halva

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 20 pieces

Ingredients

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup tahini
  • Eventually ad-ins: pistachios, almonds, cranberries…

Instructions

  1. In a small pot heat up the honey ‘till it reach the “soft-ball” state (118°C / 235°F). Meanwhile heat the tahini slightly in another bowl. Once the honey is hot, add in the warmed tahini and stir very well.
  2. Eventually add in nuts or dried fruits.
  3. Pour into a small dish covered with baking paper and refrigerate for 1 at least 1 hour before cutting into smaller squares.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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