Recipe by Maria Loi
A traditional sweet Greek pie that is made on the memory of St Fanourios on 27th August.
It’s so delicious, and we love it even more, because it is vegan! We went further and made it keto too! Replacing flour with almond meal and sugar with stevia.
Tip: Make sure you use high quality extra virgin olive oil from perfectly ripe olives, like “My Olive Oil” from Crete.
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour or almond meal
- 1½ cups of fresh orange juice
- 1¼ cups of granulated sugar or 1/2 cup stevia
- 1 cup of Greek olive oil - Vassilakis Estate “My olive oil”
- 1 cup of walnuts, finely chopped
- 1 cup of black raisins
- ¾ cup of brandy
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Soak the raisins in brandy for approximately 30 minutes; preheat the oven to 160C.
- While the raisins are soaking, sift the flour into a large mixing bowl; divide evenly into two large mixing bowls.
- Slowly add the orange juice, followed by the olive oil into one of the bowls with flour, mixing thoroughly until fully combined; add the brandy and raisins, and mix again.
- Reserve 3 tablespoons of sugar, and add the remaining sugar and walnuts to the batter, mixing to fully combine.
- In the second bowl with remaining sifted flour, add the baking powder and ground cinnamon, and stir to combine.
- Slowly incorporate the dry ingredient bowl into the bowl with the batter, and mix until combine.
- Pour cake batter into a parchment-paper lined spring-form cake pan coated with olive oil; bake for approximately 45-50 minutes, then remove to sprinkle the top with the reserved sugar. Return to oven for another 5-10 minutes; remove, and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
- Enjoy by itself or with anything that your heart desires!