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                                Halva Gateau
 Recipe By     : http://www.alaska.net/~npcoffee/halvagateau.htm
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cakes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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      3/4  cup           superfine sugar
      3/4  cup           unsalted butter -- softened
    3                    eggs -- beaten
      1/3  cup           strong coffee
    1 1/2  cups          plus 2 tablespoons semolina
    1      tablespoon    baking powder
    1      teaspoon      ground cinnamon
    1 1/3  cups          ground almonds.
      3/4  cup           superfine sugar
      1/3  cup           strong coffee.
                         HALVA CREAM
    4      ozs.          Halva -- broken in pieces
    3      tablespoons   strong coffee
    1      cup           superfine sugar
   12      tablespoons   unsalted butter -- softened.
      1/4  cup           pistachios -- chopped.
 Preheat oven to 425F (220C). Grease and line 2 deep 8-inch round cake pans
 with waxed paper. To make a cake, in a bowl, cream sugar and butter until
 light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs and coffee. Stir in semolina,
 baking powder, cinnamon and ground almonds. Divide between prepared pans and
 bake in oven 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 350F (175C) and bake 10-15
 minutes, until a skewer inserted into center comes out clean. Let stand in
 pan 2 minutes, then turn each out unto a wire rack placed over a plate.
 Meanwhile, make syrup. Put sugar and water into a sauce pan and heat gently
 until sugar has dissolved. Boil 4 minutes, remove from heat and stir in
 coffee. Bring back to boil, pour over cake and cool.
 To make Halva cream, in a sauce pan, heat Halva, coffee and sugar gently,
 until smooth; cool. In a bowl, beat butter until soft, then beat in Halva
 mixture. Sandwich cakes together with half of Halva cream. Spread with
 remaining cream and decorate with nuts. Makes 8 servings.
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 NOTES : Halva is a Greek and Turkish confection.