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Greek semolina cake in syrup – Samali

  • Vegetarian Diet

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  • Egg Free Diet

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Greek semolina cake in syrup – Samali


For the cake

  • Add the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and let it melt.
  • In a bowl add the seed oil, the olive oil, the water, the melted butter, and mix.
  • In another bowl add the semolina, the almonds, the flour, the yeast, the baking powder, the salt, and mix.
  • In a mortar and pestle add the sugar, the mastic, and crush them until the mastic is completely ground. Transfer to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix.
  • Transfer the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients, and mix with a spoon. As soon as the dough starts forming, continue with your hands.
  • Grease a 26 cm baking pan and add the mixture in. Score in a crisscross pattern. Place one almond on top of each piece and set aside to rise for 1 ½ hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ο C (350ο F) set to fan.
  • Score again, the same way, and bake for 45 minutes.

For the syrup

  • Start making the syrup a few minutes before removing the cake from the oven since both the syrup and the cake have to be hot.
  • Place a pot over high heat and add the sugar, the water, the rosewater, the lemon peels and juice, and let it come to a boil until the sugar melts.
  • With a ladle, pour the hot syrup over the hot dessert.
  • Set aside until the whole syrup is absorbed and the dessert is cool enough to serve.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
18 %


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)
24 %

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)
16 %

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)
18 %


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)
30 %


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)
11 %


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)
7 %


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)
2 %


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

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