Preveza

Ladopita from Preveza (olive oil pie)

Traditional lenten pie, starring the Mediterranean olive oil.
Ηπειρώτικο Πρωινό-Ladopita from Preveza (olive oil pie)
Before cooking...

The coastal region of Preveza has a strong Mediterranean character evident across its traditional gastronomy. Prevezians have grown olive trees forever, and olive oil is to their diet what butter is for the people living in the mountains. So, when refugees from Minor Asia brought this olive oil pie recipe with them, it was destined to once become a typical Prevezian dessert.

Ladopita from Preveza (olive oil pie)

Ingredients

  • 500 g olive oil
  • 500 g water
  • 500 g sugar
  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 250 g fine semolina
  • 250 g fresh orange juice
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ½ cup sesame

Execution

  1. Place a large pot on medium heat and mix the olive oil and the water. Add the sugar and mix until it melts.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, add the orange juice and the lemon zest, and mix.
  3. When the mixture starts boiling again, add the semolina and mix. Slowly add the flour and mix thoroughly for 5-6 minutes until you have a thick, sticky batter.
  4. Set the oven to “upper and lower heat” and preheat it to 180 °C.
  5. In a deep baking pan, spread the batter evenly and flatten the surface with a spoon. Score the pie surface into square or rhombic pieces with a knife. Stick an almond on the center of each piece, and sprinkle the top with sesame.
  6. Place the pan on the lower rack and bake for 50-60 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  7. Let the ladopita cool for a bit and serve.

This Prevezian pie is a delicious lent-friendly delicacy. Also, it’s exceptionally festive thanks to the artful scoring on top, the bronze-like browning of semolina, and the glossy look of olive oil.

After cooking...

On a hill by the Acheron river lie the ancient Nekromanteion (Oracle of the Dead) remains, where the faithful flocked to speak with the souls of their dead. As the legend has it, the long preparatory fasting periods and the masterful construction of the central room guaranteed that no guest was left empty-handed. To this day, visitors leave in awe of the unique sound design of the underground temple that almost has no echo!

Ηπειρώτικο Πρωινό-After cooking...