Today i woke up pretty early for no reason at all....i did all the housework as quickly as i could, played with the puppies and then sat down and enjoyed a cup of coffee and two yummy pieces of orange pie that I MADE !!!!! Although i really like to cook when it comes to baking and making sweets i'm a real disaster...i make a huge mess in the kitchen and get very nervous about forgetting or doing something wrong. But this pie is super easy to make and you cant go wrong even if you try to !!! Its a traditional pie that they make in the Greek country, in many different places and with a few different names....i knew it from my grandfathers village Grylos in Olympia (where the Olympic Flame starts its journey) but last year i found out that they make it in Lefkas (a beautiful Ionian island). In Grylos they call it oil-ravani and in Lefkas oil-pie and they also make it with orange or lemon and call it orange*pie and lemon*pie.
I made the orange version for the first time and it turned out very tasty !!! I strongly suggest you try it too!
The ingredients are :
sugar 4 and 1/4 cups
flour 5 and 1/4 cups
fine semolina 2 cups
olive oil 3 cups
water 7 cups
and some sesame
you can measure it anyway you like, i use small coffee cups.
you just mix the flour with the semolina into a heated pot and add the olive oil...stir and add the sugar and the water slowly. You stir very well until it turns into a mash and doesn't stick to the pot.
Then you take a baking pan, put just a bit of olive oil so that the pie wont stick on it and some sesame, and put your mash in it. You add some sesame on top and cut into pieces BEFORE baking. You bake in a very hot oven for start- so that it turns crusty on top- and then turn the heat down a bit. I start at 275C and finish at 150C. It doesn't take longer than 20 minutes, you just check by the colour...you want a light brown on top.
If you want to make the orange version you just replace 1-2 water cups with fresh orange juice - i only replaced one- it depends on how strong you want it to taste.
Just give it a go and you'll love it!!!
ps...the cup, the fork and the white plate are all vintage pieces from the 60s that i got from my grandmothers house..