HOME MADE HALVA

Yesterday I called in at Down to Earth, the natural food shop in Dorchester, to stock up with fruit and nuts to add to my breakfast meusli.  On the counter Alice had some halva for sale and the recipe: 50:50 sesame and honey was there to read.  So I bought 4 ounces of sesame seed.  Alice is a member of our local LETS group so I was able to pay for half my purchases in Marts, the local currency.

This morning, while eating my breakfast I poured the sesame seeds into a small metal jug and assaulted them with the brrrrrrr machine that I usually use for grinding coffee.  It didn’t do as good a job as with the stuff in the shop as there were still some seeds that had escaped the blades but no matter.

I transferred the seedy gunge to a pre-weighed cereal bowl and started scooping honey from the comb I happened to have on the cooker top, adding it to the bowl until there was as much, by weight, honey (including wax) as sesame.

Then I mashed it up with a tea spoon until it was an even paste which I transferred to a cake tin, spreading it about 3/4 of an inch and put it in the fridge.  Later, when I hope it will have thickened up I shall cut it into bite sized pieces. I might dust them with flour to make them easier to handle.

Anybody else got recipes to share?

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About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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