30 by 30: Ravani

June 20, 2011 · 19 comments

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Ravani is basically a Greek sponge cake.  Made with semolina, it’s very much a no-frills cake, as far as “accessories” like frosting go, but that doesn’t mean it’s not absolutely fantastic.  Like many Greek desserts, this, too, is doused in a simple syrup mixture flavored with a bit of honey and cinnamon. The result is an incredibly moist, flavorful cake. I’ve always loved ravani, but it wasn’t really something we had often as I was growing up. It kind of fell off my radar, but when I saw Maria’s mom’s version was famous…well, I had to make it!

This cake keeps incredibly well due to the syrup, so this is something that you can easily make in advance (in fact, it really only gets better). I halved the recipe below and baked it in a 9″ cake pan.  On the one hand, I’m glad I halved it because it’s not exactly health food.  On the other hand, I wish I had more of this to eat because it was so good. If only I could eat this stuff every day and not gain a billion pounds. Sigh.


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