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Halvah Cake

This cake is unusual in that it has no flour in it. The farina soaks up the syrup that is poured on after baking. This is truly a wonderful dessert.

Courses: Dessert
Serves: 12 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 cup 198g / 7ozSugar
1/2 lb 227g / 8ozButter
2 cups 125g / 4.4ozSemolina flour
  (or regular cream of wheat cereal)
1/2 cup 46g / 1.6ozCoarsely-chopped almonds
6   Eggs - beaten
1 teaspoon 5mlBaking powder
1 teaspoon 5mlCinnamon
1/2 cup 118mlPine nuts - whole
2 cups 396g / 13ozSugar
3 cups 711mlWater
1   Clove
2 oz 56gBrandy
  Juice of 2 lemons

Recipe Instructions

Using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar. Add the remaining batter ingredients, except the pine nuts, and blend to form a smooth batter.

Spread the batter evenly in a greased 9-by-13-inch cake pan. Sprinkle the pine nuts on top of the batter.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

In a small pan heat all the ingredients for the syrup. Boil the syrup until it begins to thicken a bit, about 6 minutes.

Remove from the heat and cool until just very warm to touch. Hold a saucer over the cake and drizzle the warm syrup onto the saucer and thus onto the cake. This will prevent your marring the surface of the cake.

Cover the cake pan with plastic wrap and allow the cake to sit for 2 hours so the syrup will be absorbed. This cake provides 12 to 15 servings.

THE FRUGAL GOURMET by Jeff Smith - From the 09-25-1991 issue - The Springfield Union-News


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