Orange Semolina Cake
Ingredients
Shopping list for the batter
  • 1.5cup semolina
  • 0.5cup sugaruse to taste: up to 0.25less or more
  • 2tsp baking soda
  • 0.25-0.5tsp ground small mastic tears
  • 1.5cup yogurt
  • 0.5c milk
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
Shopping list for the syrup
  • 0.75cup sugaruse to taste: 0.25less or up to 0.75more
  • 1cup orange juice
  • 3 green cardamom podsoptional
  • 1stick cinnamonoptional
Shopping list for garnish (optional)
  • 1 orangehalved and sliced
  • 0.5cup powdered sugar
  • 1cup ice creamvanilla or orange flavor
Instructions
Syrup
  1. In a small POT, add bring 0.5 cup of water to boil.
  2. Stir in sugar until dissolved.
  3. Optional: Add cardamom or cinnamon.
  4. Mix in orange juice. Return to a boil.
  5. Turn heat to low and cook slowly for about 10 minutes. The syrup shall have thickened but still be runny.
  6. Remove and let cool.
Batter
  1. In a BOWL, mix semolina with sugar, baking soda, and mastic.
  2. Add yogurt, milk, and lemon juice.
  3. With an ELECTRIC MIXER, beat until the batter is creamy.
Bake
  1. Preheat OVEN to 350°F.
  2. Spread a thinly layer of butter onto a BAKING PAN.
  3. Pour the batter into the BAKING PAN.
  4. Bake for about 1 to 1.5 hours until its baked and lightly golden.
  5. If the top turns brown before it fully baked, cover the pan with aluminum foil for the remaining baking time.
  6. Take the BAKING PAN out.
  7. Pour syrup over hot cake.
  8. Let cool.
Serve
  1. Sprinkle cake with powdered sugar.
  2. Serve cake with orange slices and/or ice cream.
Recipe Notes

Here are some Greek cake recipes. For all you can add ground mastic tears to the batter to get this special flavor:

  • Portokalopita – Yogurt-orange-cake with phyllo dough
  • Ravani – Greek cake with eggs and flour and coconut
  • Galatopita – Greek custard pie with semolina
  • Yiaourtopita – Greek yogurt cake with eggs and flour