During Lent in Greece, a lot of people follow tradition and decide to fast during the forty days between Lent Monday and Easter day. One of the sweets that is extremely popular in Greece during this period is halva (semolina cake). This Greek dessert is available here in many variations, the most popular being the chocolate and the almond ones. Today, I am going to share with you an easy recipe for a dessert you can make with plain halva (no chocolate or nuts in the package). Chances are, that even if you live out of Greece, you’ll be able to get hold of some plain halva and make this mouth-watering recipe. I guarantee this dessert will excite your sweet tooth in a unique way. The delicious mixture of sesame oil and orange zest will have you making this again and again after the first time!
400 grams of plain halva
90 grams of cooking chocolate
4 tablespoons of sesame oil
Zest of a medium orange
A sprinkle of cinnamon
Take the halva out of the packaging, cut in long strips with a knife, then vertically into cubes.
Melt the chocolate over a bain mari with the sesame oil. Mix occasionally with a spoon until the chocolate melts fully.
Take it off the heat, let it cool slightly, then add the zest, the cinnamon and the halva cubes. Throw in all the crumbs too. Too delicious to waste! Mix with a spoon.
Take a medium-sized plastic or glass bowl (not metal, as it will react with the chocolate) and line it with cling film. Put the mixture inside. Pull the cling film around the mixture, pushing it down gently towards the bottom of the bowl to take its shape. Cover it tightly with the cling film and place it in the fridge.
Leave it in the fridge for at least 8 hours to allow the mixture to set fully.
Take it out of the fridge, run your hands over the set mixture to allow it to warm up by your body temperature, then carefully remove the cling film. Place the dessert in a plate. Cut into wedges and serve.
Note: Do not put back in the fridge as the chocolate will harden. It keeps for days without refrigeration, although it won’t, because you’ll devour it quickly enough!