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  Halva 26 January 2005  
nut and honey Arabic dessert

If you like nuts and honey, baklava, halva or any other Middle Eastern sweets are unbelievably good .

Anna McNamee tries out the range available, beginning with halva. It's most commonly made with sesame seeds, but some people make it with cooked carrots, semolina, potatoes, beetroot or yams. And you can get fruit halvas made with papayas, oranges or bananas too.

The food historian and cookery writer Anissa Helou showed Anna how to make one of her favourite versions.

Try Anisa Helou's favourite halva recipe


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