This dish is extremely easy to make and is delicious on its own or with fresh cream whipped with a touch of cinnamon, served with a Greek coffee. The following recipe is my aunts


  • 1 cup olive oil

  • 1¼ cups fresh orange juice

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 cups self-raising fl our, sifted

  • 1 cup walnuts, fi nely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, sifted


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a 20–25 cm round cake tin with baking paper.

  • 2.

    Place the olive oil, orange juice, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves a little.

  • 3.

    Gradually add the fl our, mixing well, then add the walnuts, followed by the baking powder. Stir until well combined.

  • 4.

    Pour the cake mix into the tin and bake for 15 minutes.

  • 5.

    Reduce the temperature to 130°C and bake for a further 40 minutes or until cooked (a skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean). Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.


This recipe is from My Greek Family Table, by Maria Benardis. RRP $59.99. Penguin Books.

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