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Portokalopita: A Traditional Greek Orange Pie

Portokalopita is one of the easiest desserts you could ever make! Full of aromatic scents, this traditional Greek orange pie will become one of your favorite ones.

Here are some important tips for this portokalopita recipe. First of all, it is important to dry the phyllo dough sheets before using them. In order to dry them, remove them from the package and spread the sheets on a large surface, either whole or cut into pieces. If this seems difficult, you can dry them in the oven.

When making the syrup, be careful not to stir it when it boils. Just bring the syrup to boil, let the sugar completely melt and boil for 5-10 minutes until it slightly thickens. Be careful! When pouring the syrup over the portokalopita you need to make sure that the syrup is cold and the portokalopita warm. Another important tip. With a help of a tablespoon slowly and evenly pour the syrup over so that the orange cake absorbs it well. Finally, I suggest wait for it to cool to cut it into pieces. Ideally after cooling down, put the orange pie for about 1 hour in the refrigerator and serve afterwards. Last tip! Portokalopita is most enjoyed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

This Greek orange cake takes 20 minutes to prepare, around 30 minutes to bake and has around one hour waiting time.

Portokalopita – Ingredients

  • 1 pack of phyllo dough
  • 200 gr of Greek yogurt with 2% fat
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 glass of corn oil
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1-2 vanilla extracts
  • 20 g of baking powder
  • The zest of one orange

For the Syrup

  • 3 glasses of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • One cinnamon stick
  • The peel of an orange

Portokalopita – Instructions

  1. Start this authentic portokalopita recipe by taking a bowl and adding the Greek yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla extracts, baking powder and the orange zest.
  2. Stir well the ingredients until you get a homogeneous and unified mixture.
  3. Cut the phyllo dough into small pieces and add them to the portokalopita mixture. Stir well.
  4. Preheat the oven at 180 – 200 degrees Celsius.
  5. Take a baking pan and grease it well.
  6. Add the mixture and bake for about 30 minutes.
  7. Take a saucepan and add the syrup materials. Boil the materials until they are tied.
  8. Remove the Greek orange cake from the oven.
  9. When the syrup is cooled, pour it over the portokapolita while it is still warm.
  10. Place the portokalopita into the refrigerator for around one hour.
  11. Cut into pieces and serve.

Serve portokalopita with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! If enjoy syrupy cakes, then you should try making karidopita. Enjoy!

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