Friday, January 30, 2015

Easy St. Sarkis Day Halva

St. Sarkis Day, the Armenian “Valentine’s Day”, is one of those moveable celebrations. This year it falls on Saturday, January 31st - which happens to be tomorrow! 
This is a very special day for my husband Doug and me as it will mark the 39th anniversary of the day that we met!
Zee Sahakian's St. Sarkis Halva
To celebrate, try making an adapted version of Zarmine Sahakian's recipe for St. Sarkis Halva that I posted a few years back. Other recipes associated with St. Sarkis Day are Aghablit - salty wafers, and Kumba Cake.

Zarmine, "Zee", is the mother of Armand Sahakian, owner of Nory Locum in CA. Armand's locum products are terrific and can be ordered on-line. Delicious treats for Valentine's Day (February 14th), Easter, or anytime of the year!

Easy St. Sarkis Day Halva

1/2 c. water
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. orange blossom water, optional
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
7 1/2 oz. jar marshmallow fluff
1 lb. toasted sesame seeds
Unsalted Pistachio nuts, shells removed, of course! (walnuts, pecans or almonds, coarsely chopped, may be substituted)

1. In a medium saucepan, boil water, sugar, orange blossom water, if using, and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved. Add marshmallow fluff and mix until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2. Place a large amount of sesame seeds on a large plate.
3. Take one tablespoon of the marshmallow mixture, at a time, and dip it completely in sesame seeds.
4. NOTE: This part will be a bit messy. Flatten with fingers shaping it into a long strip, about 3x9 inches. Place some pistachio pieces in the center lengthwise. Fold from the top to the center to cover the pistachios, then fold from the bottom - up to create a rectangle 1/3 the original size of the strip. Cut into 1 ½ to 2-inch pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to serve. Remove from freezer about 5 minutes before serving.

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