Greek Orange Filo Cake (Portokalopita)

    2 hours 10 minutes

    To make this classic Greek citrus cake, filo pastry is shredded and mixed with an orange filling then baked.

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    Serves: 12 

    • For the orange syrup
    • 1 orange
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 350ml water
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • For the cake
    • 500g filo pastry, defrosted
    • 3 oranges
    • 5 eggs
    • 200g Greek yoghurt
    • 180ml olive oil
    • 100g granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:1hour resting  ›  Ready in:2hours10min 

      To make the syrup:

    1. Cut the orange in half and juice it but don't throw the halves away. In a small saucepan, combine the juice, orange halves, caster sugar, water and cinnamon. Bring to the boil and boil for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Discard the orange halves.
    2. To make the cake:

    3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease a 20x30cm baking tin with olive oil.
    4. Take each sheet of filo pastry and roughly tear into shreds. Fill the baking tin with the filo and set aside while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
    5. Cut one orange in half and slice one half into very thin half moons. Set aside. Zest and juice the remaining oranges.
    6. In a bowl, combine the orange juice, zest, eggs, Greek yoghurt, olive oil, 100g sugar and baking powder. Blend on high speed with an electric mixer for two minutes until the mixture is frothy.
    7. Pour the orange-egg mixture over the filo in the baking tin. Stir gently to ensure the mixture is evenly distributed. Decorate the top of the cake with the orange slices.
    8. Bake 45 minutes or until the filling is set and the top golden. As soon as you take the cake out of the oven, pour over the cooled syrup. Set aside for 1 hour so the syrup can soak in. Enjoy!

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    Just made the portokalopita served with icecream, and the guests are raving on how great it tastes. Thank you great recipe.  -  08 Jun 2017


    Hi lindi611, I'd be happy to give you the US measures. Here you go: 1 lb filo pastry, defrosted if frozen; 3 oranges; 5 eggs; 1 cup plain Greek yoghurt; 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil; 1/2 cup sugar; 1 tablespoon baking powder. Syrup: 2 cups sugar; 1 1/2 cups water; 1 orange, juiced; 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon  -  18 Jun 2014  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    This is just perfect! It tastes amazing and the recipe is great. I made it with only 400 g of filo, because the packages here are like this, and it turned out great.  -  25 Jan 2016  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)