Revani or Ravani is one of the best Greek desserts.It is a cake made with flour or semolina and bathed in syrup.Revani has its roots in Asia Minor and as many of the Greek desserts the Turks now call them Turkish.
Traditionally the cake does not have any cream and in some parts of Greece it’s either made plain with no nuts but almonds and walnuts are often used. In this cake I used almonds.
After making this recipe for many times, I have now made my own twist and topped it with whipping cream and coconut and decorated it with pineapple and sour cherries. I made this cake for a special occasion so I wanted to make it sticky, gooey, creamy and chewy.
Revani with pineapple
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time:1 hour
- 500 grams of fine-ground semolina
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 200 grams Greek strained yoghurt
- 1 cup of sugar
- 250 grams margarine or butter (I used an olive oil based margarine)
- 5 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar (preferably with orange flavour)
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
- ½ cup of blanched almonds, coarsely cut
- 3 ½ cups of sugar
- 3 cups of water
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
In this recipe I used:
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- 1 ½ cups of water
- The peel of one lemon
- 5 cloves
- 1 small piece of cinnamon stick (about 1 inch)
- The syrup of 1 can of pineapple
- 250 ml heavy cream 35%
- 3 – 5 teaspoons of icing sugar (I only use 3 as I don’t like it too sweet)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence or vanilla sugar with orange flavour
- 1 can(500 grams) pineapple
- Sour cherries for decoration
- Dried coconut
Mix flour, semolina, baking soda, baking powder, orange rind and vanilla sugar.
Beat the margarine with the sugar until it is creamy and fluffy at full mixer speed, for five minutes. Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time until they are incorporated.Add yoghurt and beat for five minutes at full speed.Reduce speed to minimum and add all the dry ingredients.
Grease a 26 cm baking tin and empty the batter in the tin.Spread the almonds on top.
Preheat oven at 180 degrees and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.At this stage we start preparing the syrup.Add all the ingredients (except the pineapple juice) in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.Remove from the heat remove the lemon peel, cinnamon and cloves and mix in the pineapple juice.
When the cake is ready the syrup is still warm and add a spoonful at a time until it is all absorbed by the cake.
When it is completely cold, remove the cake in a plater.
Beat the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla and spread on the cake.
Decorate with the coconut, pineapple and sour cherries.
Susan, of Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy is celebrating her 1st Blogoversary with a Party, so what better to send her a sticky, gooey, creamy and chewy dessert. Happy Blogoversary Susan.
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