“I have not tried this cake. I'm posting this for safe keeping. I found this recipe in The Cooking Of Greece kids cookbook. Ravani combines a delicate golden sponge cake made with farina and a fruit flavored syrup to create a memorable dessert.”
READY IN:
75hrs 15mins
SERVES:
8-10
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Using a potato peeler or shap knife, remove six 1-inch wide by 3-inch long strips from the orange peel and set aside. Be careful not to cut too deeply and remove any white part from the skin as it will add a bitter flavor. Cut the oranges in half. Use a fruit juicer to squeeze the oranges. Strain the juice through a small hand strainer to catch any seeds. Measure 1 1/2 cups juice and pour into a medium sized bowl. Repeat this step with the lemons, measuring 1/2 cup, and combine with the orange juice. Add three of the peeled orange strips to the juice and set aside. Lay the other three orange strips on top of each other and cut them into long thin strips. Then cut, or mince, the strips into tiny pieces and put in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Syrup: Put the confectioners' sugar, orange peel, and the citrus juices in a 2-3 quart saucepan and place over low heat. Stir well to dissolve the sugar and combine all the ingredients. Heat the mixture slowly and bring to a gentle boil. This will take 6-8 minutes. Reduce to a simmer and let it cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes while you prepare the cake.
  3. Preheat oven to 350.
  4. Butter a 12x18-inch ovenproof baking pan and set aside. Combine the flour, Cream Of Wheat, baking powder, and baking soda together into a medium bowl. Sift the combined ingredients into a separate bowl. Melt butter slowly over low heat, being careful it doesn't burn. In a large bowl, beat the eggs on high with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, or until light and foamy. Add granulated sugar and the minced orange pieces and contine to beat for another 1-2 minutes, or until eggs and sugar are smooth, golden, and creamy. Turn the beater to low and add about 1 cup of the flour mixture and blend well. Add a little of the melted butter and blend well. Add another cup of the flour mixture and then a little more of the butter. Continue until all the butter and flour are combined into a smooth batter. Turn off the mixer and remove the beaters. Using a rubber spatula, scape off any batter from the beaters into the bowl. Add the yogurt to the bowl. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold, or gently combine, the ingredients in the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the buttered baking pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake the cake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown and firm when pressed lightly in its center. Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire rack.
  6. Make several holes in the surface of the cake with a butter knife or a wooden chopstick. Remove the strips of orange peels from the syrup and discard. Now pour the syrup evenly over the top of the cake. Let the cake stand at least 2 hours to absorb the syrup. When you are ready to serve the cake, place the confectioners' sugar in a hand strainer and gently tap the side to sprinkle the sugar over the top. Cut into small squares and serve.

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