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How to Make Traditional Greek Butter Honey Cake: Easy Recipe, Baked in One Hour!
Ravanni - they call it "Food Fit For Gods"
This recipe looks unbelievably rich - and it is. Don't let the absence of honey fool you. In this part of the world, the word honey refers to chronically sweet. The saving grace of the cake is its crunchy, spongy cake, thanks to its farina-rich texture, also known as Gris in these here parts. It's American name is Cream of Wheat. Same great stuff! :)
It's Greek to Me!
2 sticks of butter, approximately 250 grams
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup cream of wheat (farina)
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and farina. Once the dry mixture is equally blended, stir it into the moist mixture little by little. At the end, pour into a 13x9x2 inch baking pan for 25 minutes.
While baking, prepare the following syrup:
2 cups of sugar,
2 cups of water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Bring the sugar and water to a boil and cook for five minutes. Add lemon juice. After cake is removed from the oven, pour syrup slowly over cake with a soup ladle.
Cool before cutting, and make small pieces, because it is very rich! ! !
Baklava and Ravanni
Besides baklava, this is my favorite syrupy sugary sweet dessert (atomic bomb). The good news is, the egg and farina give it a little nutritional balance, so you are getting some bang for the buck.
Another Sweet Treat
- How to Make Dalmatian Baklava
This classic middle eastern dessert has become a Dalmatian specialty. Made of fine pita dough, freshly ground walnuts, lemon and vanilla flavored syrup, it is an easy to make dessert recipe for guests and for special occasions. Best when served with
Simple and Golden
Dessert is served
A sweet, simple cake best served with black coffee or espresso. Unsweetened, of course, since the cake is dripping with sugary lemon syrup. The black coffee provides a little stability for an out of control sugar high.
Greece and Turkey
© 2011 Anastasia Kingsley