Saturday, May 11, 2013

Wheat Flour Halwa without Water

When I read the title of this recipe and the directions, I thought it would be really easy to prepare it. No water added, no complicated techniques required, a piece of cake, I thought. Who wouldn't? 
I was wrong. 
Although the ingredients are quite easy to find and the directions super-easy to follow, there are two main difficulties you might have along the way. First, it might take really long for the flour to get the golden colour and you might get really tired stirring it and even give up at all. Secondly, even after you stir in the butter and sugar, the mixture might not be sticky enough which means it will be almost inpossible to shape the halwa. In this case, you should use the right brain and be creative, for example, add some warm milk until the halwa gets the right texture. I did. I managed to get the halwa shaped properly with addition of milk. 
However, please do not feel discouraged. I haven't complained about the taste, have I? The halwa was simply delicious! 

500 grams flour
500 grams powdered sugar
250 grams butter, in room temperature
pistachios to garnish

1. In a medium pan, stir the flour constantly over low heat until golden and remove from the heat. 
2. Stir in the margarine in chunks. Let it melt and get mixed with the flour.
3. Add the powdered sugar into the flour margarine mixture. Mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended together. 
4. Transfer into a deep plate. Let it cool down. 

Pinch off a little bit of the dough and roll them between the palms of your hands into little balls. Sprinkle with ground pistachios and extra powdered sugar.
Cut into desired pieces or shapes using cookie cutters.
Using two tablespoons give halva some sort of spoon-shape and serve with pistachio sprinkle.
Place halwa into individual bowls. Sprinkle pistachios over each bowl.

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