Food & Wine

Portokalòpita ( Orange pie con phyllo)

Portokalopita is a typical Greek dessert made of phyllo, oranges (Portokàli means orange) and syrup. There are various recipes for portokalopita. I propose the one with whole oranges in which the peel of the fruit is also used.

Orange peel has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, containing high percentages of Vitamin C, is an indispensable aid for the immune system. Also is suitable against acidity, cholesterol and bacterial plaque in the mouth, helping digestion and intestinal transit. It is an excellent ally for those who have to fight cholesterol, as it helps to clean the arteries and counteracts the formation of clots, promoting cardiovascular health.

As it will be used the whole fruit, it is essential that it is organic and not treated with any type of pesticide.

 

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Ingredients:

For the syrup

  • 700 g granulated sugar
  • 500 g water
  • juice of 3 oranges

For the orange pie

  • 2 whole organic oranges
  • 450 g phyllo dough sheet
  • 250 g granulated sugar
  • 250 g seed oil
  • 250 g milk
  • vanilla
  • 3 eggs

(Some butter and flour for the pan)

To serve: chocolate or stracciatella ice cream

Method:

  • Spread the phyllo sheets onto your working surface. Let them dry for 2 – 3 hours.
  • Meanwhile prepare the syrup. In a pot, add the sugar, water, orange juice and transfer over medium heat. As soon as it comes to a boil, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ο C (356ο F).

 

  • With your hands, crumble the phyllo sheets until they broken up into small pieces. Place them into a large bowl.
  • Wash and cut 2 whole organic oranges into small pieces. Remove the seeds
  • Blend them into a food processor until they are almost  pureed
  • In the same food processor add all the other ingredients: 3 eggs, sugar, milk, seed oil, vanilla. Mix until blended.
  • Pour this mix into the bowl with the phyllo. Mix very well with a ladle.
  • Spread butter and sprinkle flour onto a 32×25 cm baking pan. Spread the mixture inside, bake for 90 min (180C / 356F)
  • Remove from the oven. With a ladle pour the cold syrup over.
  • Allow 30 minutes for the syrup to be absorbed. Cut in pieces and serve with chocolate or stracciatella ice cream.

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The oranges for this particular recipe must be 100% organic and without any type of synthetic pesticide. If used, must be derived from natural sources, not synthetically manufactured.

 

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4 responses

  1. Interesting: I’ll have to ask my friends from Thiva and Rhodos about this, since such different places may have different versions of this dish! Thank you for sharing this!

    Liked by 1 person

    23 October 2020 at 0:27

    • Thanks to you Shira for stopping by! I don’t know how Θήβα and Ρόδος prepare it. A version is made with grated orange peel and jam. Another one with boiled and blended oranges and phyllo A third version does not include phyllo but a mixture of flour, semolina, eggs and orange juice. My Greek grandmother for example made it with pureed raw oranges. Only the syrup is present in all the versions which I believe are all tasty.
      Thank you again for your interest! Greetings from Italy! Xristina

      Liked by 1 person

      25 October 2020 at 0:40

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