Homemade Semolina Dessert (Greek Halvas)

A while back I received a few emails from fellow bloggers πŸ™‚ that were interested in finding out if there was a greek cake that did not have any almonds or fruits. πŸ™‚Β  So here it is the Semolina Cake otherwise known as Halvas.Β  It is purely made from Semolina, Olive Oil, Sugar and Cinnamon…and a bit of Lemon.

A completely different taste than the usually cakes because the intensity of the Semolina just stands out when taking a bite.Β  If you enjoy trying out new tastes try this dessert you might just love it.Β  πŸ™‚



  • 2 cups Semolina
  • 2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Lemon Peel
  • 1 cup Olive Oil


  1. To make this dessert you will need 2 sauce pots. In one add in the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick.
  2. In the other add the Olive Oil.
  3. Add 3 cups water and teaspoon of cinnamon powder, sugar and boil at low heat.
  4. Add gradually the Semolina into the pot where the Olive Oil is heating at low heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon until Semolina has turned golden brown. Very carefully start and very slowly start to pour the syrup into the Semolina. This tends to splatter when you pour the syrup into the Semolina so be careful.
  5. I like to use a bundt form but you can use whatever you like. In a baking pan add 1 tablespoon of Cinnamon powder and 1 tablespoon of Sugar. Transfer the mixture in the baking pan and let it cool.
  6. Turn over on a platter or a dish and top it off with more Cinnamon. πŸ™‚

Comments (21)

  • foodzesty 2 years ago β€” Reply
    Thank you Ben :)
  • jyo 2 years ago β€” Reply
    A great recipe with semolina...looks yumm Sophie ❣
    foodzesty 2 years ago β€” Reply
    Thanks Jyo 😊
  • eivannoni 2 years ago β€” Reply
    Sounds great! At what temp do you bake it?
    eivannoni 2 years ago β€” Reply
    Wait sorry, do you not bake- just cook on stove and let cool? wow
    foodzesty 2 years ago
    Hi no baking involved just stove top cooking 😊
  • That must be yummy! We have a similar way of preparing it in Switzerland.πŸ˜‹πŸ˜Š
    foodzesty 2 years ago β€” Reply
    Really now I am curious what is the name of the recipe?
    Lol, We just call it "Griesskoepfli" which means Semolina head. I know sounds weird. We cook it in milk and water, salt, sugar, then pour it into a bowl or cups (head formπŸ˜„), let cool...same steps like you do. We serve it with berry syrup or cinnamon/sugar...πŸ˜‹πŸ˜Š
    foodzesty 2 years ago
    Hi Ursula I will absolutely check it out. Thank you :)
  • Greedyeats -Neha 2 years ago β€” Reply
    That sounds absolutely healthy with all that semolina and olive oil. Looks yummy too! :)
    foodzesty 2 years ago β€” Reply
    Yes, it is and thank you!!! I tried following you on twitter but there seems to be an problem. Look at your account settings :) Sophie
    Greedyeats -Neha 2 years ago
    Hi Sophie! I checked but didn't find anything there. And guess we both are connected on twitter now. :)
    foodzesty 2 years ago
    Hi yes we are connected :)
  • Hello Sophie! :-) It looks very delicious!
    foodzesty 2 years ago β€” Reply
    Thank you it is quite good to eat :)
    I can imagine! :-)
  • Megala 2 years ago β€” Reply
    This looks absolutely delicious ! It is quite interesting that we do make something similar (replacing cinnamon with cardamom) and is known as sooji halwa !! :)
  • Krishna Chaitanya 2 years ago β€” Reply
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  • orlando788 2 years ago β€” Reply
    foodzesty 2 years ago β€” Reply
    Thank you :)

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