Recipe for Greek Style Fig Cake

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This recipe is said to be over 100 years old and appears to originate in Ithaca. This recipe tastes best when using fresh figs, picked from the tree. Dried figs don’t have the right texture. Variations of this dish can be found throughout Greece. It doesn’t need to be cooked or baked and is easy to put together.

Greek Style Fig Cake (Sykopita) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh figs, finely chopped or even mashed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Greek honey
  • 1/2 cup Ouzo or Greek Brandy
  • Olive oil, for brushing

How to Bake Greek Fig Cake:

Stir the figs, walnuts, sesame seeds, sugar, honey, and Ouzo or Greek brandy together in a large bowl. Let it set for 15-20 minutes on the counter. Stir the ingredients together after twenty minutes to assess the consistency. You need the mixture to resemble a sticky mass of dough.

Once the mixture is easy to work with, you’re ready to form the Sykopita. You can either shape it into a loaf  or cake pan. If you decide to shape it in a loaf pan, brush the pan with olive oil and also oil your hands. Press the mixture into the pan, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for at least an hour before serving. This will keep well for about a week as long as it’s stored in the refrigerator.

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