Search Recipes

Halva panna cotta

Frank Camorra
Frank Camorra

The region of Spain I am from has a strong Moorish history; even my name, Camorra, has its roots in the culture. I think this is why I have such a love for the vibrant flavours of the Middle East. Halva is a ground sesame seed sweet sold at most Middle Eastern delis. This is an unusual and decadent way to use it.

Extra indulgence: Halva pana cotta with chocolate sauce and almonds.
Extra indulgence: Halva panna cotta with chocolate sauce and almonds. Photo: Marcel Aucar


1½ cups milk

1½ cups cream

80g castor sugar

100g plain halva, crumbled

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 x gold strength gelatine sheets

120ml thickened cream

100g dark chocolate

80g almonds, roasted and chopped


Bring milk, cream, sugar, halva and vanilla to the simmer, don't let it boil. Remove from heat and whisk to break up the halva.

Add gelatine and stir until dissolved. Strain liquid, then pour into 6 x 125ml moulds. Refrigerate overnight.

Place the cream in a small saucepan and heat gently to a simmer, then take off the heat and add the chocolate. Stir to melt chocolate and continue stirring until smooth. Keep aside and at room temperature until needed.

To serve, use a small spatula or knife to work the pudding away from the edges, then stand moulds in boiling water for 4–5 seconds. Place a plate on top of each mould, then turn over carefully so the plate is on the bottom. Shake to dislodge the pudding. Remove the ramekin and serve with chocolate sauce and almonds.

Main ingredient:
Middle Eastern
Dinner Party, Family meals

More recipes like this...

Semolina and yoghurt cake.

Halva ice-cream

Stephanie Alexander
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
2 Reader ratings


Be the first to comment.

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Recipes - Forum

What we’re cooking

Latest on EK

Pester power: Call for ban on free toys used to sell unhealthy food

Obesity experts say freebies should be restricted to attracting children to healthier options.

Mums' workload equals 2.5 full-time jobs

A study has found working mums toil for an average of 98 hours a week.

How many of our bosses would have aced NAPLAN tests?

In more than 25 years' of journalism, I've never interviewed a leader who topped his or her class at school.

Children's shoes found to contain cancer-causing chemical

The ACCC had issued an urgent recall.

When it comes to sport, boys 'play like a girl'

Girls in primary school are just as physically capable as their male classmates, according to research.

Find After School Care

Search by Postcode

Find a Babysitter

  • Daytime nannies
  • Casual babysitters
  • After-school care
  • Live-in nannies