This is the incredible, decadent and delicious halva bun. Halva is that amazing sweetened sesame seed candy that is so popular throughout the Middle East. The halva bun can be found in most Istanbuli pastry shops and is a popular breakfast or snack food. It's an amazing combination of chewy, crusty pastry dough, with rich, moist halva permeating each layer. It is indeed a rapturous experience, biting into one of these things. I've never seen anything like this in the United States, I may just have to figure it out in my own kitchen. If you've had a halva bun, or know the secrets on how to make the perfect one, let's hear it!
(Images: Leela Cyd Ross)