A cake made of oranges


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups Greek yogurt
  • 4 eggs
  • Zest of 1 orange, finely grated
  • 10 sheets phyllo


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme honey
  • Zest of 1 orange, stripped

In a saucepan over medium-high heat combine the water, sugar, honey and strips of orange zest.  Bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes.  Cover the saucepan and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Lightly oil a baking dish (I used an 8×11-inch).  Unroll the phyllo dough and tear it into large pieces.  Let it sit uncovered until you are ready to use it.  In a large bowl whisk the 4 eggs until just combined.  Add the oil, sugar, vanilla, orange zest, yogurt and baking powder and whisk well.  Pour the mixture into the baking dish then toss in the torn pieces of phyllo pushing them down slightly to coat.

Bake the pita until set and golden on top, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, score lightly into pieces with a sharp knife and then add the cooled syrup. Set the portokalopita aside and let cool completely before serving.

Top with some slices of a Greek spoon sweet of orange rind and walnuts


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