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Revani Recipe (Ravani): A Traditional Greek Semolina Dessert

Revani (also known as ravani) is a delicious Greek sponge cake soaked in syrup! What does revani have in common with karidopita, samali or even melomakarona?  All these desserts are flavored with an aromatic syrup! For this reason, all these desserts are called syropiasta which means syrupy. Traditional revani is made from cooked fine semolina soaked in flavored syrup. This syrup can be flavored with orange or rose water. However, there is a simpler syrup which I prefer making. In southern Greece, this delicious cake is also known as ravani. Regardless of how you call it, this revani recipe will become your favorite addition to your sweet table.

It is mouthwatering how the flavors of vanilla, orange, and lemon are perfectly combined. You may top this authentic Greek cake with flaked coconut or serve it with vanilla ice cream! Easy to make, this revani recipe stands up for its delicate flavor and incredible smell!

This traditional revani recipe takes 30 minutes to prepare and around 45 minutes to bake. The secret of its success is to slowly pour it with a spoon and not all at once as this will make ravani to ‘sit down’. In case you don’t eat the cake in one day, you can preserve it in the refrigerator. The only thing you need to do is to cover it with some plastic food wrap. Actually, many people prefer to eat revani on the second day when it is cool!

Traditional Revani Recipe

Greek Revani Recipe – Ingredients

  • 150 g of fine semolina flour
  • 150 g of plain flour
  • 180 g of sugar
  • Ζest of 1 whole orange
  • Zest of 1 whole lemon
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 225 g of unsalted butter

Greek Revani Recipe Syrup  – Ingredients

  • 900 g of sugar
  • 600 ml of water

Greek Revani Recipe – Instructions

  • Start this traditional revani recipe by preheating oven to 356 °F (180 °C).
  • Mix flour, fine semolina flour, vanilla extract, baking powder, orange and lemon zest. Mix until they become one mixture.
  • Take a bowl and add the egg yolks, butter, and sugar. Beat the ingredients well.
  • Take another bowl and add egg whites and beat them until they become frothy.
  • Slowly mix egg yolks, semolina flour with eggs white mixture.
  • Continue mixing until all ingredients become unified.
  • Take a baking pan (around 22 cm diameter) and butter it well.
  • Evenly add the mixture.
  • Bake for around 35-40 minutes.
  • Take revani out of the oven. Allow it to cool.
  • Take a pot. Add all syrup ingredients. Boil for around 5-10 minutes.
  • Pour hot syrup 2 to 3 times over cooled cake.
  • Allow ravani cake to cool.
  • Once cooled, cut revani into pieces.
  • Top ravavi with flaked coconut (optional). Or serve with vanilla ice cream (optional).

I hope you like this authentic revani recipe. Check out my blog for more authentic traditional Greek dessert recipes. Enjoy!

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