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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


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


  • 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.


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