Kalon Prama means Nice Thing or Good Stuff and is the Cypriot name of this cake. The Greek name is Samali. I was meaning to make this for a long time now and there are a lot of Cypriot recipes I have still to record but kept postponing it as I kept making new recipes. A few days ago we went shopping with my husband and saw some sheep’s yoghurt. I immediately remembered the yoghurt my father used to bring at home and without second thought I put it in the cart. I hadn’t eaten sheep’s yoghurt since I left Cyprus and I had forgotten what a wonderful taste it has.

This yoghurt was in a 1 kilo vessel and it was too much for us to consume in a short time so the first thing that came to my mind was to make Kalon Prama. Although I have been in Greece for so many years I never had this cake in a friend’s or relatives’ house before. I had bought it however from bakeries, supermarkets and confectioneries, but whenever I tried it, it was nothing extraordinary.

This recipe I’ve had it since I was single and it was given to me by my aunt Loukia. At the time I used to work close to her house and she would call me and invite me over for lunch. As my cousin was about my age I would always accept her invitation because apart from being very pleasant and easy to converse with and I loved her very much, she was a great cook but at that time although I liked cooking I did not ask her for any recipes except for this one and whenever I bake this cake I remember her.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus Kopiaste!  as well as in Volume 2 of the same digital cookbook, available at Amazon Kindle.



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13 Comments on Kalon Prama

  1. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    This looks beautiful and delicious!

  2. Eva says:

    Hi Ivy!
    i am so glad u made this cake.
    i made one last year but it was too grainy…i shall try to make it ur way …i hope with success.
    i will let u know

    all the best! always looking forward to ur new cypriot recipes:)

  3. Cynthia says:

    I would enjoy this very much with a lovely cup of tea.

  4. Ivy says:

    Nice to hear from you Eva again. Good luck and please let me know.

  5. Ivy says:

    Cynthia, it would be great with a cup of hot tea.

  6. Núria says:

    Ivy, can I come over for breakfast or for tea time tomorrow? It looks fantastic!!!!!!

  7. Ivy says:

    Nuria, usted es bienvenido cualquier momento.

  8. Peter M says:

    Bravo Hvi, you excel highly with your baking. I’ve never had “Kalon Prama”…I’ll see if my mom can it make it, as I’m a novice in baking.

  9. Ivy says:

    Thanks Peter but it’s so easy to make that I tell you give it a try, it’s not like other cakes which have to rise.

  10. Tablebread says:

    ivy – I LOVE GREEK FOOD!!!! I was a fellow contestant on the Game Night dish and found your site through that list. I am definitely a regular now :)

  11. Ivy says:

    Hi and thanks for stopping by. Hope you’ll visit again.

  12. Bellini Valli says:

    PS Ivy. I have tagged you for a MEME. You are not obligated to carry it on of course, but check out my answers when you have the time!

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