Stafidhopitta-Sultana & Orange Liquor Greek Dessert

 

This stafidhopitta is the invention of my mother, Vasoulla, created in 1983 as an alternative to baklava and was first made on TV by her on BBC2’s Food & Drink in 89.

I too, loved appearing on the programme aged around 9 or 10 I think (!) giving me my first taste of what would become a career in TV and film.

…Back to the dessert, this golden filo pastry treat filled with succulent sultanas, oranges and orange liquor is devoured by my husband and kids (I make theirs without the alcohol).

Stafidhopitta is affectionately known as the older sister to baklava in this house, similar to it’s ‘nutty’ counterpart yet softer, fruiter and more delicate, a real treat after a Greek meze.

I just need my mum to create a vegan version for me, now!

Stafidhopitta-Sultana & Orange Liquor Greek DessertStaphidopitta-Honest Mum

 Ingredients:

225g butter, plus extra for greasing
375g packet fresh filo pastry
225g sultanas, soaked overnight (water drained the next day)
2 medium organic and free-range eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 cloves, crushed
Zest and juice of 2 fresh oranges
2 tbsp orange liquor
2 tsp cinnamon

For the syrup:
350g granulated sugar
300 ml water
75g clear honey
2 strips of lemon rind
1x 2 cm stick cinnamon
4-5 whole cloves
2 tbsp orange blossom water

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 c, gas mark 4.
Lightly grease a 20cm x 30cm x 5cm deep baking tray.
Melt the remaining Flora Buttery in a small saucepan over a low heat.
Lay the filo out on a bench.

Cover with a dry tea towel then a damp one to prevent it from drying out.
Line dish with a sheet of filo and using a pastry brush, lightly butter the filo.
Top with another sheet of filp and brush it with the Flora butter.
Continue until about half of the sheets are used.
In a large clean bowl, mix together the sultanas, eggs, cinnamon, cloves, orange juice and zest and orange liquor and spread the mixture over the pastry in the tray.
Layer up the remaining sheets of filo on top of the sultana mixture, brushing each sheet with butter, or before, ensuring the final sheet is well buttered.
Turn any overhanging pastry and tuck in the side.
Use a sharp knife to score the top into diamonds.
Sprinkle lightly with water and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden brown.
Remove and allow to cool.

For the syrup, heat the sugar, water, lemon rind and lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves and orange blossom water in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan.
Cook over a moderate heat until the sugar has melted.
Bring to the boil, turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly.
Let the syrup cool slightly, remove the lemon rind and spices and pour it over the stafidhopitta .
Leave to cool, cut into small diamond-shaped pieces and serve.
stafidhopitta keeps well in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Recipe © Vasoulla Psarias.

Let me know if you make it!

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27 Responses

  1. Marina Ilieva

    I totally love Greek desserts and this looks so tempting. I love everything Greek actually but I am mad about Greek desserts. They are sheer happiness. So is having a holiday in this beautiful country. 🙂 x
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  2. Lisa Smith

    wow ! looking most delicious ! Just go to the store and buy an orange. Or if you have lemons or limes on hand you can use this instead. The orange juice and the zest will blend in the mixture. At the very most use orange extract!

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  3. sarah hill wheeler (@hill_wheeler)

    This looks gorgeous (as does the lamb). I know I should be thinking about trying the recipes myself, but you’ve also made me reminisce about our pre-Baby holidays to Greece (can feel some travel site browsing coming on).
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  4. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    This looks and sounds delicious! I’m not very adventurous with desserts so I should def up my game and give this a try one day. Failing that if your Mum ever requires a taste tester, I’m your gal! 😉
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    • Honest Mum

      Come on over anytime Katie and I will make sure we’ve got some waiting for you! x
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  5. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    This looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I’m not too adventurous with desserts so I should def up my game and give this a try one day. Failing that, if your Mum ever needs a taster, I’m your gal!… 😉

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    • Honest Mum

      @Julie’s Family Kitchen thanks very much!
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  6. Steph @MisplacedBrit.com

    I would totally wow my greek neighbour with this desert… Thank you! It’s definitely my turn to treat her, she’s lovely!
    …and I LOVE YOUR STYLING! …Beautiful plate for a beautiful treat 🙂

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    • Honest Mum

      @Steph ooh you must! Thanks for your lovely compliments too!
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    • honestmum

      @Mummy Says you will love it x
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  7. Babes about Town

    Wow, those photos are sensational. You really do have one super talented family, I can’t wait to come over to Casa Psarias for some good old-fashioned Greek feasting! Yum 🙂 x
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    • honestmum

      @Sarah thanks lovely, it really is delicious. Have a fab weekend too x
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  8. Alex

    Greek desserts are the BEST. My mum’s galaktoboureko is legendary among family and friends (she never made it to TV, though!). Just realised I’ve actually enjoyed a visit to your parents’ restaurant as my sister and her family live in Leeds. How awesome is that? 🙂
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