Though many may never have heard of it...halvah is a little piece of my past that crops up every so often. Especially at this time of the year.
We always had halvah in our home during the Christmas season...along with bowls of nuts that needed cracking...and mandarin oranges galore...and traditional Christmas candies. Halvah is hard to explain...a sweet confection made of sesame paste...rather rich and greasy. And good...if you grew up with it! I believe it is a middle eastern and Russian thing.
When I was a kid...my parents purchased halvah in a metal pan. And when the halvah was gone...the pan became a baking sheet. We used halvah tins in place of a 9" x 12" pan...though they were a wee bit smaller. Eventually, the corners opened up...and the pans were not quite as useful for baking cake. Many decades ago, Camel Brand switched their halvah packaging to plastic pans. Though those pans found many uses...putting them in the oven was no longer an option. My mother-in-law gave me a few halvah tins when we were first married...and I still have one among my baking sheets.
It was the perfect size for the gingerbread cake I baked last week...and so it got used once again. Though it is definitely an antique...and looks a little worse for the wear...it did the trick!
I don't see halvah in the stores I frequent...but the last time I visited my dad, he sent halvah home with us. It brought back many memories...and tasted just like the halvah of old. 'Tis the season...for halvah!