Portokalopita – Orange Pie
How to make Portokalopita
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup of sugar
- zest of 2 oranges
- 1 ¼ cups of Greek yogurt
- 2tsp of vanilla extract
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1 cup of vegetable or sunflower oil
- 1 pack of filo pastry (about 14 sheets)
- 1 tsp of olive oil
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
juice of 2 oranges
1 cinnamon stick
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
Firstly, unwrap the filo from the plastic sleeve.
Secondly, tear the sheets in small pieces (yes, that’s right – you don’t need to be precise, just tear the filo in small pieces).
Now place the filo pieces on a baking sheet. Leave at room temperature to dry well for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours (the drier the sheets the better).
Grate the zest of the 2 oranges in a bowl and keep on one side until needed.
Its time to prepare the syrup.
In a pot add the water, sugar, the juice of the 2 oranges and the cinnamon stick. Bring to the boil. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup has thickened. Leave aside to cool.
For the cake:-
Crack the eggs in a large bowl and add the sugar. Whisk for 5 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Add the yogurt, baking powder, orange zest, vanilla and oil. Mix with a spatula so all ingredients combine well.
By now the filo should be dry, using your hands crunch it together so its broken down in small pieces.
Start adding a few handfuls of the crushed filo sheets to the mixture.
Every time you add a handful, make sure you mix well so the dry filo pieces are all incorporated.
Follow this process until all your filo has incorporated into the mixture.
Using a cooking brush, add a tablespoon of olive oil on a baking dish (approx.20×30 cm / 8×12 inch in size). Brush the bottom and the sides of the baking dish. Pour in the mixture.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until nice and brown on top.
Check if it is ready by piercing the pie with a knife. If the knife comes out clean then the orange pie is ready.
As soon as the orange pie is out of the oven, ladle slowly the cold syrup over the hot dessert (allow each ladle of syrup to be absorbed before adding more ).
Set aside and allow time (about 1 hour) for the syrup to be absorbed before serving. Then just keep in the fridge.
Cut the orange pie in pieces and serve with ice cream (of your choice) or just as it is.