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How to Make Sunflower Halva

by Christa Titus

Halva is an easy dessert to prepare. Because it's a sweet and rich confection that's similar to fudge, one or two small pieces of it are enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Apart from sunflower seeds, halva can also be made with nuts like pistachios or cashews, and should be served with non-sweetened beverage like tea or coffee.

Prep Work Before Cooking Halva

Grind the shelled sunflower seeds into smaller pieces with the nut grinder.

Scoop out a tbs. of butter and sit it in the middle of the glass baking dish.

Cover the butter with a napkin and rub it over the bottom and the sides of the dish so the entire surface is coated.

Preparing Halva

Put 2 cups of sugar, 4 cups of water and a dash of vanilla in a large pot, and constantly stir over medium heat until it thickens.

Turn down the heat on the syrup, and stir it occasionally.

Melt 1½ cups of butter in another large pot on medium heat.

Gradually pour in 1 box of Cream of Wheat and stir it in.

Keep stirring the mixture until it turns light brown.

Gradually add the syrup to the Cream of Wheat and butter mixture and continuously stir the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined.

Pour the halva into the buttered baking dish.

Sprinkle cinnamon over the halva.

Cover the entire surface with the sunflower seeds.

Chill the baking dish in the refrigerator for two hours before serving.

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About the Author

Christa Titus is a dedicated journalism professional with over 10 years writing experience as a freelancer with a variety of publications that include "Billboard" and "Radio & Records." Her writing has also been syndicated to such media outlets as the "Washington Post," the "Seattle-Post Intelligencer," the Associated Press and Reuters. Titus earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan College.