Microwave tahini, rose and nut halva for one
Saturday, 25 Feb 2017


I make quite a lot of easy versions of foods, this is my not-really halva. It’s perfect if you feel like eating something sweet and nutty with rosewater (ie. halva), but you don’t feel like making/having a tray of it. A bonus is it’s made from minimum pantry ingredients and pretty much cooks itself in the microwave in less than a minute. The texture doesn’t totally correspond to a tahini-based halva as you don’t bring the syrup to a soft-ball stage, but it satisfies any halva desire in your soul. More decadent (ie. sugary) than a tahini-based energy ball but easier than real halva.

Most tahini-based recipes involve first making syrup, heating the tahini to be more liquidy and combining the two. This is largely based on the (more complicated) recipe in the Honey & Co baking book, who use a ratio of 3 sugar: 2 tahini: 1 water and set it over a layer of pistachios and rose petals. I found this a little too sweet and prefer a ratio of 2 sugar: 2 tahini: 1 (rose)water, and layer it a bit like a parfait, so it fits in a little bowl and has nuts running all the way through.

Microwave tahini, rose and nut halva for one


Serves 1

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp rosewater
  • nuts
  • dried rose petals (optional)

Put the sugar, tahini and rosewater in a bowl.

Microwave for 15 seconds, mix until combined, mix another 15 seconds and mix again.

Layer some nuts in the bottom of a second bowl. Spoon some halva mixture over the top and repeat until all the halva has been used. finish with a layer of nuts and maybe some dried rose petals.

Let cool in the fridge for about half an hour. Eat with a spoon.