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Heavenly delicious recipe from the Greek cuisine - an aromatic, juicy, fluffy orange pie...

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes plus cooling
Serves: 10

for the pie:
250 g filo pastry
2 eggs
50 g sugar
200 g Greek yogurt
100 ml oil
10 g baking powder
1 tablespoon orange zest (finely grated)

for the syrup:
150 g sugar
150 ml fresh-squeezed orange juice
250 ml water
1 teaspoon cinnamon​

Firstly, prepare the pie. Beat eggs and sugar until the mixture triples its volume and becomes pale yellow. Add yogurt and oil and combine, then stir in baking powder and orange zest.

Tear each filo sheet into irregular pieces, approx. 7-10 cm big. Stir them into the eggs mixture, few at a time, until completely soaked.

Once you have added all of the filo pastry, pour the mixture into a lightly greased baking pan. The one I used is 25x25cm.

Bake into a preheated oven at 200C for approx. 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Set aside and let it cool completely. Do not take it out of the pan.

Once the cake has cooled, you can start preparing the syrup. This is very important, as cake needs to be cold, while syrup has to be hot.

Put all the ingredients for the syrup into a small pot and start heating it over high heat. When it starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered.

Poke the cake with a fork or a knife so that the syrup can soak it well up from the bottom. Pour the hot syrup over the cake carefully and as evenly as possible. Let it cool once again.

Cut into pieces at your convenience. If you wish, you can top each piece of pie with melted chocolate, chocolate topping or vanilla ice-cream.

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