Halvah toffee (Tabtab al-janna)
If you are a fan of halvah, you will like this candy. While halvah is nearly impossible to make in a home kitchen, this is not. Only three ingredients required: Sugar, tahini and flour. Flavored with cardamom.
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of tahini +extra to grease the pan
- 1/2 tsp of cardamom
- 1/3 cup of water
- Melt the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until bubbly and light golden in color. Add the flour and mix to combine well. Add the cardamom and add the tahini. Mix vigorously until it becomes very thick; test it by dropping a tiny amount on a greased surface; it should get firm within seconds;
- Grease a rectangular pan with tahini; pour the toffee all over the bottom of the pan.
- Let the candy cool, then cut into individual pieces freestyle if desired or with a knife.
NOTE: A pan 9X13 or smaller would be adequate for this recipe.
This recipe was inspired by Anahid’s Helwayate Anaheed al-shaheyya; however, I changed the recipe since the original one did not work with me; (she did not use any water).
24 Comments • Comments Feed
Mmmmhhh, a wonderful treat! To-die-for.
On September 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm
Are you kidding Joumana! I probably have halva engraved in my DNA! A little different with the tahini but otherwise a classic especially with all that lovely cardamom 🙂
chow 🙂 Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
On September 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Ohhh, I adore halvah and toffee both! Would never have guessed that flour would be involved. Scrumptious!
On September 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm
This looks delish. I love the halvah and it is something I look forward to buying from the Arabic grocery store.
On September 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm
Belinda @zomppa says:
I LOVE toffee…so this is definitely up my ally!
On September 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm
What a wonderful way to use tahini! I have some and need to use it more. 🙂 I love toffee. Would it be good with some nuts, maybe pistachios or pine nuts?
On September 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Encore une belle découverte. Une friandise que je ne connais pas du tout.
On September 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm
I am going to make this as soon as I get home. Recipe is printed and ready, and I have all of the ingredients! Thanks Joumana!
On September 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm
Christine @ Fresh says:
This is an intriguing candy. I love the flavor of cardamon in desserts, so this must be spectacular.
On September 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm
I’m a fan of halva! This looks amazing, Joumana. Can’t wait to give it a try.
On September 28, 2012 at 5:04 am
Love the idea of using tahini in this candy, Joumana. Easy to make too!
On September 28, 2012 at 5:54 am
Tahini-flavored toffee sounds wonderful! What a wonderful idea, Jourmana.
On September 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm
Alicia (foodycat) says:
This recipe is fascinating! I love halvah, but this sounds even better.
On September 30, 2012 at 7:04 am
Oui, Chef says:
I’ve never tried Halva, but I love all the flavors involved in this dish, I MUST try it soon as I’m always looking for new coffee time treats.
On September 30, 2012 at 11:36 am
I will definitely try this. It will be a welcome respite from trying to make halvah. I have tried a number of different recipes and just can get the crumbly crack of the good stuff. May I ask why it seems impossible to make it at home?
On September 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm
sorry – I CANNOT get the right texture (typo in my previous post)
On September 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm
What sauce is it pictured with?
On October 1, 2012 at 9:54 am
@Alice: there is no sauce with this; it is just a simple toffee, flavored with tahini and cardamom.
On October 1, 2012 at 10:33 am
I would love to try this recipe. Looks delicious. I used to love halwa as a child. Now due to calories I only look at the box. Hehehe
One question though, can I substitute the cardamom? I am not a big fan of it in sweets and my kids don’t like it taste when I add it to recipes. What would you suggest?
On October 8, 2012 at 10:05 am
@Karine: you can just leave it plain! Or add cinnamon if you like.
On October 8, 2012 at 10:10 am
I’m going to go try this with demarara sugar…hopefully I have enough tahini left!
On October 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm
It worked! …I think. It’s still a bit chewy, but definitely yummy! I think sprinkling it with sesame seeds would be a nice garnish.
On October 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm
How solid should it be when cooled? I made a similar recipe and it is as hard as a brick 😀
On April 18, 2015 at 12:15 am
@alam: anytime you work with sugar, the longer you cook the sugar or syrup the harder it gets. Mine was solid, but melted once inserted in my mouth 🙂 I am going to revise the directions to see if I can add more precisions. Definitely not an easy recipe but doable.
On April 18, 2015 at 6:38 am