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Walnut and Raisin Semolina Halva

serves 4


Combine the water, the sugar and the raisins, over a moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and reduce to a very low heat.

Meanwhile place the butter in a saucepan and melt. Add the semolina slowly and stir-fry the grains to become a medium to dark-tan colour. Add the walnut pieces.

Raise the heat and add the sugar/water mixture. Stir over a low heat until the grain fully absorbs the liquid and starts to form a pudding-like consistency pulling away from the sides of the pan.

OPTIONAL: If you want to add any other fruits/nuts/honeys/anything(!), do so now, having pre-cooked hard fruits (e.g. apples, pears).

Place a tight fitting lid on the pan, and cook over the lowest possible heat for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to steam covered for an additional 5 minutes. Serve hot in dessert bowls as it is or with a spoonful of cream or custard.

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