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Halise, A Healthier Version

This recipe uses whole wheat grains and substitutes like honey for sugar. Still has a great taste! Recipe is also halved from the original.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Baking Time40 mins
Total Time57 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 20

Ingredients

For Semolina Cakes

  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Honey raw
  • 1 C Whole Wheat, Cream of Wheat
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Canola oil
  • 20 almonds blanched if you have them

For Syrup:

  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup, Heaping Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 capful bottled lemon juice
  • 1/2 capful orange blossom water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8x8 baking pan.
  • In a medium sized pot add milk, sugar, honey cream of wheat and oils and cook on medium until cream of wheat is very stiff.
  • Spoon stiff cream of wheat into greased pan, smooth top, then cut into 1"x1" diamonds or triangles.
  • Add one blanched almond to each triangle then bake in preheated oven for 35-50 minutes or until edges start to brown.
  • Meanwhile, prepare syrup by adding sugar, water, and honey to small pot and cooking for 20 minutes on low, stirring occasionally.
  • Then add lemon juice and orange blossom water and cook 5 additional minutes.
  • Refrigerate syrup until cooled.
  • When edges of Halise are golden, remove pan from oven, re-cut same lines of triangles, then pour COLD syrup over top HOT Halise and enjoy.

Notes

If you can't find orange blossom water, you can substitute fresh squeezed orange juice or a combination of grenadine and orange liquor.