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1 hr 5 mins
White Rose Child's Note:
This dense, cookie-like cake- traditionally made in Greece during Lent- is filled with nuts and raisins and the taste... nothing short of incredible. To a hardcore sesame lover like myself, that is! This recipe is from Jennifer of The Vegan Lunchbox- visit her site for MANY more wonderful recipes, but this is quite possibly the best!
My Private Note
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- 2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour or 2 1/4 cups unbleached white flour
- 3 1/4 teaspoons baking soda, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup tahini
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2-3/4 cup raisins (I used half each Thompson and golden raisins)
- 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped (optional)
Optional for the sugar syrup
- 1Preheat the oven to 350°F Oil an 8-by-8 inch square pan or a 9-inch round pan and dust thoroughly with flour.
- 2Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- 3Pour the tahini into a large mixing bowl and slowly drizzle in the orange juice while beating with an electric beater. Add the sugar and beat well for several minutes, until this mixture is smooth and lighter in color.
- 4Add the dry ingredients and continue mixing with the beaters. The dough will be thick like cookie dough, so you'll have to stop and clean the beaters out when they get bogged down! Be patient, it IS worth it. :-D When it's well mixed, knead in the raisins and walnuts, if using- they ARE tasty!
- 5Press the dough into the prepared pan, using a spatula or slightly moistened fingers to press the dough into place and smooth out the top.
- 6Bake for 35 to 38 minutes, until light golden brown on top- be sure it's baked through, but careful not to let it dry out. Let the cake rest in the pan for several minutes, then remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
- 7You have three options: eat the cake just like this (YUMMM), dust it lightly with powdered sugar, or, as Jennifer says, you can "be really Greek about it" and make a sugar syrup: Boil the sugar and water together in a small saucepan for about 10 minutes to form a slightly thick syrup. Drizzle the syrup liberally over the top of the cake and brush on the sides.
- 8Whichever way you decide, cut this edible Greek glory into squares or wedges and enjoy!
Nutritional Facts for Tahinopita
Serving Size: 1 (87 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 219.5
- Calories from Fat 69
- Total Fat 7.6 g
- Saturated Fat 1.0 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 450.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 35.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
- Sugars 13.3 g
- Protein 6.0 g