Oh dear me, I love this one! Usually served in Maltese households after meals, as part of the many layers of desserts we always find the excuse to eat!

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  • 100g white sugar
  • 130g light tahini (sesami paste)
  • 6 Tbls. water
  • vanilla
  • whole roasted almonds


  • On a low heat dissolve the sugar in the water in a thick-bottomed pan.
  • Stir to dissolve but stop one its starts boiling. Boil until sugar thermometer shows 140 degrees Celsius.
  • Meanwhile in a heat proof bowl mix the tahini, vanilla and almonds.
  • As soon as the temperature of the sugar and water reaches 140 degrees Celsius, pour this on the tahini mix.
  • As you’re doing this stir very well. In a very short while it will harden into a thick confection.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and leave to cool.
  • Some sesame oil may ooze out of the helwa but this does not impair in any way the marvellous taste.