Ravani with Chios mastiha flavor
A moist and delicious semolina cake flavored with a touch of Chios mastiha and sweetened with a simple syrup flavored with lemon zest. Ravani is not difficult to make and it is a delightful addition to any sweet table.
2 cups of fine semolina
1 1/2 cup of self rising flour
1 cup of olive oil
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of mastiha powder
1/4 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
2/3 cup of milk
Some coconut flakes (optionally) or
1/2 cup of almonds (blanched, lightly toasted and chopped) for garnish...
For the syrup:
3 cups of sugar
2 1/2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a piece of lemon peel
Mix in a bowl the flour with semolina, baking powder, baking soda and mastiha powder. Beat the olive oil with the sugar very well. Add the eggs one by one and continue beating. Add vanilla flavoring and then add the mixture of flour, semolina, baking powder, soda and mastiha in alternation with the milk little by little. Butter a baking tray and pour the mixture inside it. Preheat and bake in a moderate oven (180oC) for about 35 minutes.
While the cake is baking, prepare the syrup:
Add water, sugar and lemon peel to a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and cool.
While the cake is still warm, cover it with the syrup. When the cake cools, you can sprinkle with some coconut flakes or almonds, if using.
You may serve ravani with vanilla ice cream, it's the ideal combination!
You may add 1 - 2 tbs of Chios mastiha liquer in the syrup for extra flavor.