Portokalopita – Greek Orange Pie

Portokalopita – Greek Orange Pie

Have you ever tried Portokalopita, also known as Greek Orange Pie? If you’ve visited Greece, you’ve likely tasted this irresistible dessert. If not, you’ve missed out on something truly delicious. The name “Portokalopita” means “Orange Pie” in English, highlighting the special ingredient that gives this treat its unique flavor – oranges!  Usually, it’s served with a scoop of ice cream, but I prefer to enjoy it plain.

How to make Portokalopita – Greek Orange Pie

Portokalopita – Greek Orange Pie

Preparing the Phyllo Dough

Let’s start making the delicious Portokalopita – Greek orange pie by preparing the phyllo dough. Some recipes suggest tearing the phyllo into pieces without baking it first. However, baking the phyllo dough slightly before using it is my preferred method. This makes it dry and crispy, resulting in a much better taste and texture.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Bunch up the phyllo, one sheet at a time, accordion-style, and add it to two baking trays.
  • Preheat the oven to 100°C (210°F) and dehydrate the filo for about 30-45 minutes until it’s dried out. You may need to turn them so they dry evenly. Once done, take it out and set it aside to cool for a few minutes.

Orange syrup

Begin preparing the syrup while the phyllo dough is in the oven.

  • Wash and peel 2 oranges, cutting the peels into thin strips.
  • In a small saucepan, add the orange peel, brown sugar, granulated sugar, orange juice, water, and cinnamon stick. Let it boil on medium heat for 6-8 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Allow it to cool before placing it in the refrigerator to chill completely.
  • Once the syrup is cold, add 3 tbsp of Grand Marnier or triple sec if desired.
Portokalopita – Greek Orange Pie

Batter

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).
  • Remove about a tablespoon of orange peels from the syrup and chop them finely. Leave the remaining peels in the syrup.
  • Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar until they become white and fluffy.
  • Add the chopped orange peels, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined.
  • Then add the vegetable oil and mix again until combined.
  • In a small bowl, mix 50 ml (1.7 fl.oz) of orange juice with 1 tsp of baking soda. As soon as it starts to bubble, pour it into the batter and mix until combined.
  • Finally, crush the dried phyllo dough into small pieces and add it to the batter a little at a time until all the phyllo is covered.
  • Grease a 25×25 cm pan and pour the batter into it, flattening it slightly to make it even.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes at 180°C (360°F) until golden.
  • Once the cake is out of the oven, use a skewer to poke some holes in the middle. Then, pour the cold syrup over it right away. Allow the Portokalopita – Greek orange pie to absorb the syrup for at least an hour before serving.
Portokalopita – Greek Orange Pie

Note

For the best results, ensure the syrup is completely cold before pouring it over the hot cake. Alternatively, you can let the cake cool down and pour warm syrup over it. Both methods will ensure the syrup gets fully absorbed

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Portokalopita – Greek Orange Pie

Portokalopita – Greek Orange Pie

Portokalopita, the Greek Orange Pie! A delicious dessert with filo dough, creamy Greek yogurt, and sweet orange syrup.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Servings 10
Calories 598 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Hand mixer
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 sauce pan

Ingredients
  

Orange syrup

  • 2 Orange peel from 2 oranges
  • 350 ml Orange juice (11.8 fl.oz) freshly squeezed
  • 150 ml Water (5 fl.oz)
  • 200 g Light brown sugar (7 oz) or granulated white
  • 150 g Granulated sugar (5.3 oz)
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 3 tbsp Grand Marnier or Triple sec optional, but highly recommended

Batter

  • 450 g Phyllo dough (15.9 oz)
  • 4 Eggs large or 5 small
  • 200 g Granulated sugar (7 oz)
  • 1 tbsp Orange peel from the syrup finely chopped
  • 300 g Greek yogurt (10.6 oz)
  • tsp Baking powder
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 200 ml Sunflower oil or vegetable oil (6.7 fl.oz)
  • 50 ml Orange juice (1.7 fl.oz)
  • 1 tsp Baking soda

Instructions
 

Phyllo dough

  • Bunch up the phyllo, one sheet at a time, accordion-style, and add it to two baking trays.
    baked phyllo dough
  • Preheat the oven to 100°C (210°F) and dehydrate the phyllo dough for about 30-45 minutes until it’s dried out. You may need to turn them so they dry evenly. Once done, take it out and set it aside to cool for a few minutes.
    crushed phyllo dough

Orange syrup

  • Wash and peel 2 oranges, cutting the peels into thin strips.
    orange peel
  • In a small saucepan, add the orange peel, brown sugar, granulated sugar, orange juice, water, and cinnamon stick. Let it boil on medium heat for 6-8 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Allow it to cool before placing it in the refrigerator to chill completely.
    making orange syrup
  • Once the syrup is cold, add 3 tbsp of Grand Marnier or triple sec if desired.

Batter

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).
  • Remove about a tablespoon of orange peels from the syrup and chop them finely. Leave the remaining peels in the syrup.
    orange peel
  • Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar until they become white and fluffy.
    dough
  • Add the chopped orange peels, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined.
    dough
  • Add the vegetable oil and mix again until combined.
  • In a small bowl, mix 50 ml (1.7 fl.oz) of orange juice with 1 tsp of baking soda. As soon as it starts to bubble, pour it into the batter and mix until combined.
    orange juice and baking soda
  • Finally, crush the dried phyllo into small pieces and add it to the batter a little at a time until all the phyllo dough is covered.
    portkalopita batter
  • Grease a 25×25 cm pan with vegetable oil and pour the batter into it, flattening it slightly to make it even.
    portkalopita batter
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes at 180°C (360°F) until golden.
    Portokalopita – Greek Orange Pie before adding syrup
  • Once the cake is out of the oven, use a skewer to poke some holes in the middle. Then, pour the cold syrup over it right away. Allow the Portokalopita – Greek orange pie to absorb the syrup for at least an hour before serving.
    Portokalopita – Greek Orange Pie adding syrup
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