Beryl did cause some power outages, some fallen trees, and flooding, and a tropical storm is not really welcome on a holiday weekend, but when life gives you lemons....you make Greek orange cake...Portokalopita.
In anticipation of being house-bound for a few days, on Sunday morning I thumbed through my "recipes you gotta try" pile (I'm sparing you a picture of this-it's rather large and messy right now), made a quick run to the store, rented some movies from Redbox (The Help and Albert Nobbs - more about these later), stacked some books on the nightstand, made sure my flashlights were working, and settled in. Luckily, I never lost power and except for a few small tree branches and a lot of pine needles in the yard, I sustained no damage.
It was still raining this morning so I set about making this intriguing Greek orange "cake." It really reminds me more of a bread pudding, with phyllo dough standing in for the bread. Although there are multiple steps, it is not difficult to make and the reward is a creamy, dense pudding cake soaked in an orange syrup fragrant with cinnamon and cloves. The house smelled fantasic while it was baking! I first saw this recipe in Saveur's Greek issue. But the instructions left me with questions and I've learned to trust my instincts, so I went looking for other versions...and there were lots of them out there ...in Greek!! I finally found this one at Food52...pretty much the same ingredients as the one in Saveur with much clearer and detailed instructions. The extra step of crisping the phyllo dough in the oven puts the final result over the top.
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