Portokalopita: Greek Traditional Orange Pie

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

Here are a few valuable tips for this portokalopita recipe. First, it is key to dry the phyllo dough sheets before using them. To dry them, remove them from the package and spread the leaves on a large surface. 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 a boil, let the sugar completely melt, and boil for 5-10 minutes until it slightly thickens. Be careful! When pouring the syrup over the orange cake you need to make sure that the syrup is cold and the portokalopita warm. Another vital tip. With a tablespoon slowly and evenly pour the syrup over so that the orange pie perfectly absorbs it. Finally, I suggest waiting for it to cool down to cut it into pieces. Ideally, after cooling down, place the orange pie for nearly an hour in the refrigerator before serving. Moreover, portokalopita is best 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 Greek portokalopita recipe by taking a bowl and adding the Greek yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla extracts, baking powder, and 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 for around 5-10 minutes without stirring until it slightly thickens.
  8. Remove the Greek orange cake and with the help of a knife cut it into pieces without removing it from the baking pan.
  9. When the syrup is cooled, with the help of a tablespoon slowly pour it over the portokapolita.
  10. Ready to serve.