A truly refreshing pie
One of the most surprisingly refreshing desserts I ever had. Traditional Greek orange pie is a recipe that I recently found out about. Somehow the idea of a syrupy pie with phyllo and orange didn’t sit well with my mind.
A few days ago my brother came home from our farm and brought with him some very ripe blood oranges. Daring me to try them and see how tasty they were. So just to please him, (I was sure I wouldn’t be overwhelmed if I tried them) I squeezed 3-4 of them and made myself a glass of fresh juice.
To tell you the truth they didn’t taste like oranges at all. They were so dark in color (truly blood color) and tasted like wild berries that sweet they were. Having this incredible ingredient in my possession, an idea of what to cook with them came to my mind (a great ingredient is always a chefs mouse). A traditional Greek orange pie I was to make. Only on this orange pie, I would make it an upside down one, using blood orange slices. And what goes better with it than a good scoop of frozen yogurt?
Very excited about my idea I proceeded on making it. And I became even more excited when I tried it. Citrus fruits are refreshing just by themselves, imagine adding some creamy frozen yogurt on top. The flavor is simply delirious.
An easy Upside Down Method
As for the recipe, I must admit that I was a bit afraid of making a soft caramel as a base on the pan (for the orange slices to sit on). This pies mixture is a bit more delicate than a usual cake mix. Plus this recipe already contains a syrup and it would be too much if I added more. So as to keep it simple and stress-free, I simply added parchment paper and sprinkled sugar as a base before adding the orange slices.There, no worries about overcooking or burning the top of the pie.
That made this recipe a piece of cake to make. Plus it’s a very fun recipe. Crumbling the phyllo with your hands is a nice playful process than the usual pie making. So, time to preheat that oven and have some fun…!