Lemonopita (Greek lemon filo cake)

    2 hours 10 min

    Gorgeous lemon flavour in a deliciously different cake! No flour here - this cake is made with Greek yoghurt, lemon juice and zest and lots of shredded filo pastry. The texture is unique and you won't believe how easy it is to make.


    Greater London, England, UK
    29 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • Syrup
    • 600g caster sugar
    • 500ml water
    • zest of 2 lemons
    • juice of 4 lemons
    • Cake
    • 500g filo pastry
    • zest of 2 lemons
    • 5 eggs
    • 500g Greek yoghurt
    • 250g sunflower oil
    • 150g granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:1hr cooling  ›  Ready in:2hr10min 

    1. For the syrup, combine sugar, water and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and boil vigorously for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice. Allow to cool whilst you make the cake.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease a 20x30cm (9x13 in) baking tin with oil.
    3. Remove the filo from its packaging. Take each sheet and roughly tear into shreds, using your hands. Tear the filo directly into the baking tin, and leave to dry a little while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
    4. Combine the lemon zest, eggs, yoghurt, oil, sugar, vanilla and baking powder in a bowl, blender or food processor. Blend together on high speed for a couple of minutes, till the mixture is frothy.
    5. Pour the egg mixture over the filo in the baking tin. Stir together gently, right in the tin, to ensure the egg mixture is evenly distributed.
    6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden and the filling set. Once out of the oven, immediately start to slowly pour the cooled syrup over the hot cake. Set aside for at least 1 hour, till most of the syrup has soaked in. Slice and serve!

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    Fantastic!  -  16 Apr 2017


    delicious - but erm...i have to point out the obvious...: phyllo pastry does contain flour!!  -  19 Oct 2015