Ikaria Cornmeal Pie with Dried Fruits, Olive Oil, and Greek Yogurt - Bobota
I've made this traditional Ikarian dessert in the most elegant restaurant settings in New York City.
- Olive oil for greasing the pan
- 2 cups coarse cornmeal or polenta
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped dried figs
- 1/2 cup Greek or Ikarian pine honey
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 strip orange zest
- Greek orange spoon sweet and frozen yogurt or vanilla ice cream for serving
- Confectioner's sugar for garnish
- Position a rack int he center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375F / 190 C. Lightly oil an 8 X 8-inch / 20 cm X 20 cm baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a large bowl whisk together the orange juice, olive oil, and yogurt.
- Slowly add the cornmeal mixture to the orange juice mixture, stirring by hand with a wire whisk until smooth. Using a spatula, mix in the grated zest, raisins, and figs. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake in the center of the oven until golden and set, about 40 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the honey, hot water, and orange peel and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for about 8 to 10 minutes to make a syrup.
- Remove the cake from the oven and prick the surface all over with a toothpick. Pour the hot syrup over the cake. Let it cool. Cut and serve.
- Note: to serve more artfully, place a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt in a large martini glass or other pretty glass or bowl. Cut the cornmeal cake into rectangular pieces about an inch / 2.5 cm wide and 2-3 inches / 5 - 7 1/2-cm wide. Place two cornmeal cake strips over the ice cream, garnish with Greek orange spoon sweet and sprinkle with a little confectioner's sugar.
Adapted from from Ikaria-Lessons on Food, Life and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die