Orange Fillo Pie ‘Portokalopita’

Cook time 1 hour + 3 hours drying time for fillo
Servings 6-8



350g fillo pastry 

6 eggs, beaten 

420g Greek-style yoghurt 

185ml olive oil, plus extra, to grease

 2 tbsp orange zest 

125ml orange juice 

125g caster sugar 

1 tbsp baking powder 

Orange syrup 

3 oranges 

1 cinnamon quill 

440g (2 cups) caster sugar 

2 cups water 

1 tsp orange blossom 

few sprigs of rosemary, to garnish

Orange Fillo Pie ‘Portokalopita’


Grease a 20 cm x 25 cm x 5 cm ovenproof dish with oil. Working with one sheet of fillo at a time, scrunch into loose balls and pack into dish. Stand dish at room temperature for 3 hours to allow fillo to dry out a little. 

Meanwhile, to make orange syrup, cut rind from oranges in wide strips, then remove as much white pith as possible. Thinly slice rind into matchsticks. Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil, add rind, boil for 2 minutes, then drain. Rinse under cold water, then drain again. 

Juice peeled oranges and measure the juice; you should have about 250 ml (1 cup). Add enough water to make 500 ml (2 cups). Combine juice with cinnamon and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add orange rind, then reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes or until mixture is slightly reduced and thickened. Set aside. 

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine eggs, yoghurt, oil, orange zest, juice and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Add baking powder and whisk to combine. Carefully pour mixture over fillo, allowing it to run between the layers. Stand for 10 minutes, then bake for 50 minutes 180C degrees or until deep golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the pie comes out clean. Pierce pie all over with a skewer, then pour over orange syrup. Cut into large squares and serve warm or at room temperature with rosemary as a garnish.