FoodReviving traditional Turkish delicacy: Easy recipe for baked halva with an orange twist

Reviving traditional Turkish delicacy: Easy recipe for baked halva with an orange twist

Baked halva - Delicacies
Baked halva - Delicacies
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2:58 PM EST, January 23, 2024

Some people absolutely adore the intensely sweet mass of sesame or sunflower halva, while others claim it tastes akin to dust mixed with sugar. As a full-fledged member of the former group, I can assure you that this Turkish dessert with a hint of oranges will add a refreshing variety to your halva experience. During baking, the sweet aroma of oranges wafts through the house, thereby heralding the arrival of a delicious treat right out of the oven.

baked halva with oranges

Baked halva, originating from Turkey, also goes by the name sicak helva. Often served following fish dishes, its aroma helps neutralize the residual smell and taste of fish. The preparation requires only two ingredients, hence it's crucial to ensure their quality. You can either make your own halva or opt for a high-quality, ready-made product from the store.

Baked halva with oranges is a versatile recipe suitable for various occasions. Its ingredients are easy to source, allowing you to whip it up whenever the craving hits. Depending on the serving size desired, the quantity of the ingredients can be easily adjusted.


  • 5.3 oz of sesame halva,
  • 1 orange.
Baked halva - Delicacies
Baked halva - Delicacies© Canva | izustun

Preparation Method:

  1. Scrub the orange thoroughly with a vegetable brush and then scald it with boiling water.
  2. Grate the orange rind, making sure to avoid grating the bitter white part, which can adversely affect the dessert's taste.
  3. Cut the orange in half and squeeze out the juice.
  4. Crush or mash the halva with a fork and mix it with the grated orange rind and juice.
  5. Transfer the mixture to small ramekins.
  6. Put it in an oven preheated to 356 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 17-20 minutes. Note that homemade halva may require a slightly longer baking time.

The finished dessert will have a slightly scorched crust on the outside and a slightly liquid interior. For garnishing, you can sprinkle crushed pistachios or other nuts on top. Best served warm.

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