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Sweet Semolina Cake - Ravani


For the syrup

  • Place a pot over medium to high heat.
  • Add the water, sugar, lemon rind and cinnamon stick.
  • Bring to a boil and as soon as the sugar melts completely, remove from heat.
  • Add the honey, stir and set aside to cool completely before pouring over cake.
  • The honey is added at the end so that it will not lose its aroma from boiling.

For the cake

  • Preheat oven to 180* C (350* F) Fan.
  • Beat 15 g of the sugar (from the 215 g) and the mastic in a mortar and pestle, until finely ground.
  • Add the remaining sugar and stir to combine.
  • Transfer to a mixer and add the eggs, vanilla and lemon zest.
  • Beat for 5-6 minutes on high speed until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
  • Lower speed and add the melted butter. Beat for 20-30 seconds to incorporate and set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients: the flour, semolina and baking powder.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixer and gently fold with a wooden spoon.
  • Transfer to a 25x35 cm baking pan that has been greased with butter. Spread it evenly in the pan.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • When ready, remove from oven and immediately begin pouring the cooled syrup over the cake with a ladle. Do not pour it over the cake all at once because it will crack.
  • Pierce the cake with the blade of a knife so that it can absorb the syrup easily.
  • Set it aside for at least 30 minutes and refrigerate to chill.
  • Run the blade of your knife along the edges of the pan to dislodge any parts that are stuck so that the pieces can be removed easily.
  • When ready, cut in to pieces and serve with some crushed pistachio nuts.


You can substitute the butter with sunflower oil for a less expensive version of this sweet.

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Nutrition information per 100 gr.

Calories (kcal)
14 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
10 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
21 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
19 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
46 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
6 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
2 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
3 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo 917a1b6ba55874b5d139866e10c236ccff8cbaa226cb4c05ba54efca0b20cc63

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