Greek Portokalopita (Syrupy Orange Cake)
Portokalopita, also known as Greek orange phyllo cake, is a delicious, super easy and extremely aromatic Greek dessert.
- 500 g. 16 oz phyllo sheets
- 4 big eggs preferably organic
- 200 g./ 1 cup sugar
- 2 oranges zest
- 300 g. / 1 ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 200 ml / 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. sunflower oil
For the syrup:
- 200 g. 1 cup sugar
- 1 ½ cup lukewarm water
- 2 oranges juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
Preheat the oven to 180oC / gas 4 / 350oF.
Remove the phyllo sheets from package and shred into ½ inch pieces, using a knife or your hands.
Grease a round baking dish or cake tin with sunflower oil.
Combine the eggs with the sugar in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until pale and frothy. Add the orange zest, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and baking powder. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Slowly add the sunflower oil and beat again. Stir in the phyllo sheets gradually whisking each time with a spatula, until fully incorporated.
Pour mixture into prepared dish and bake for 1 hour.
In a saucepan, bring sugar, water, orange juice and cinnamon stick to a boil over medium heat, for 2 minutes; remove from heat. Pour the hot syrup over the cold portokalopita or vice versa. Set aside for 1 hour until the syrup has soaked in. Slice and serve.