[Sca-cooks] Halvah marzipan or nougat?

David Friedman ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Sun Oct 21 16:31:21 PDT 2007

>There are quite a few Islamic hulwah recipes in sources such as Kitab 
>al Tabikh, which I seem to recall is somewhat older than the 15th
>century --



"Kitab al tabikh" means, roughly speaking, "cookbook." If you are 
thinking of the one by al-Warraq, it's tenth century, but I don't 
know if it has any hulwa in it, although it's likely enough.  If you 
mean the one by al-Baghdadi, it's 13th c. and has hulwa recipes in it.

As best I understand it, the word means, roughly, "sweets," and 
refers to a category of dishes. The one I do is a "beat sugar syrup 
into beaten egg white to make natif, use that as a binder for nuts" 

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