This recipe belongs to Frantzeska and Froso, two women from the island on Tinos and were featured in the Greek cooking magazine Gastronomos, in a wonderful issue dedicated to old recipes from all over Greece.
The ingredients for this cake are fascinating, as there were no eggs, butter or sugar. The recipe calls for olive oil (you know that us Greeks love baking with olive oil, remember Mrs Kalliopi’s Olive Oil Cake?), which as the two women say can be replaced with tahini. Instead of sugar or honey, grape molasses are used, even though you can also use any leftover syrup from the traditional spoon sweets, for example from this grape spoon sweet. But grape molasses is one of our favourite ingredients to use, and our product of the month for September, so we couldn’t but give it a try. The result truly surprised us. This wonderful cake, with flavours that remind us of Fanouropita, or Petimezopita filled the house with warm, autumn smells. Expect a moist cake with a remarkable depth of flavours.
Frantzeska and Froso add some sesame on top of the batter before baking the cake, but we decided to swap the sesame for our tahini, and created these lovely swirls.
50ml olive oil (plus more for your baking dish)
250ml grape molasses
½ lemon zest and juice, divided
½ tsp baking soda
½ tbsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
200g all-purpose flour (plus more for your baking dish)
2 tbsp tahini
Cinnamon (to serve)
Preheat your oven at 180C.
In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the olive oil, grape molasses, tsipouro and lemon zest.
In a mug add the lemon juice (about 2 tbsp) and the baking soda and carefully stir. It will foam, be prepared.
Add it to your bowl, along with the flour and spices, and whisk until just combined.
Grease your baking dish with olive oil and coat it with some flour, so that your cake doesn’t stick. Add the batter.
Add a few dollops of tahini all around the batter and using a wooden skewer or knife, swirl it through the batter.
Bake at 180C until the cake is cooked through, for 30-40min. You can test if your cake is done by inserting a knife at the centre. It should come our clean.
Serve with cinnamon!