Persian Halva


1 cup water
1 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon saffron
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup rose water


In a small pot, boil the water and add the sugar, ground saffron, and rose water. Mix and leave on low or place aside once well mixed and sugar is melted.
In a larger pot, heat the oil and add the flour. Make sure you are mixing the flour into the oil and continue stirring so that it cooks evenly (and does not burn). The heat on your stove top should be anywhere from medium to high (based on how quickly you plan to stir and now allow the flour to burn). Once the color is nice and brown, and especially once you can smell that the flour has cooked you want to take the pot off the stove top and add the liquid mixture from the smaller pot. The flour mix is very hot and will start to sizzle when you add the liquid mixture. After you have added it stir very quickly until the halva thickens. Once thickened place the halva in a dish of your choice and flatten then add a design (with a spoon).


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