Delicious Homemade Portokalopita recipe

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Portokalopita is a classic and delicious Greek citrus dessert, which is very popular in Greece all year round.

So if you’re looking for the ultimate sweet to make when entertaining, look no further than here. This syrupy, refreshing and custardy dessert will no doubt leave your guests wanting more!

The base is custard flavored with orange zest (it needs no cooking) in which you mix the dried phyllo cut into pieces. Drying the phyllo is the part of the recipe that takes a little time and it is the most important one. Separate the sheets of the dough, place them on a large surface and let them dry for an hour or two. Time of drying depends on the temperature and the humidity so it may vary.

It may take a lot longer or less time. The rest is just ready in 5 minutes.

Here is a simple to follow and delicious recipe from Greek food blog My Baking Saga.

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For the custard

-450 gr phyllo dough (dried and cut into pieces)

-265 gr corn oil

-285 gr sugar

-4 large eggs

-20 gr baking powder

-zest of 1 orange

-200 gr Greek yogurt 2% fat

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the syrup

-500 gr sugar

-765 gr water

-zest of 1 orange


-The first thing is to prepare the syrup. Put sugar, water and orange zest in a pan and bring to a boil.

-Cook for 5 minutes (counting from the point that syrup starts boiling).

-Remove from the heat and let it cool.

-Preheat the oven at 175° C.

-In a large bowl whisk corn oil and sugar until well combined.

-Add the eggs, the baking powder and the zest. Whisk again.

-Add the yogurt and the vanilla and mix until you get a smooth mixture.

-Mix in the phyllo cut into pieces, a little at a time. Be sure that is well mixed in before you add more.

-Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan 30x22 cm.

-Bake for 35-40 minutes.

-Pour the cooled syrup over the hot cake one ladle at a time.

-After you have done this two or three times wait a little for the syrup to be absorbed in and then pour another two or three ladles of syrup and continue this way until the syrup is over.

- Let the cake cool at room temperature and then put it in the refrigerator.