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Semolina Halava with walnuts, orange and honey

26th May 2013

An easy to make family favourite of mine is the delicious Halava recipe. Its quick to make with a few quality ingredients and incredibly moreish.

A saucepan of semolina

Serves four

  • 400ml Water
  • 100g raisins
  • 80g brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of Wild hives honey
  • one cinnamon stick
  • Peel of one orange
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 bruised cardamom pods
  • 60g butter
  • 125g semolina
  • 75g walnuts
  • some pinenuts, optional

Boil water in one saucepan. Add raisins sugar honey spices and peel, bring it to boil. Boil until sugar and honey dissolve. Cover and remove from heat. In second saucepan, melt the butter, add semolina, medium heat, while stirring roast semolina for ten minutes. Add chopped nuts, keep stirring and keep roasting for another ten minutes. The roasting part is very important. Must acquire brownish colour and toasted smell. Three minutes prior to finishing the roasting, bring the liquid back to boil and let it simmer for a couple minutes. Remove the spice from the liquid mixture. Once roasted remove semolina from the heat and pour the liquid over slowly while stirring the semolina grains will splutter for a couple of seconds until it absorbs the liquid. Keep stirring it until it acquires a pudding consistency. Return it to low fire, cover for five minutes.

Then switch of fire and leave it to steam for five minutes.

Serve it with ice cream, custard, clotted cream as you prefer.