|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||27%|
|Total Carbohydrate 49g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Revani (reh -vah-NEE) (also spelled Ravani) is not difficult to make and is a delightful addition to any sweet table. It is a semolina sponge cake with a touch of lemon and sweetened with a simple syrup flavored with orange zest.
Semolina is durum wheat that is more coarsely ground than regular wheat flours. Therefore, semolina can cause the cake to have somewhat of a coarse texture (especially if you don't use fine semolina, which this recipe calls for). But this flavor combination, as well as the citrus syrup, results in a delicious and moist dessert. You will want to make sure the syrup cools completely before spooning over the warm sponge cake or else the cake will become soggy.
As Revani is popular throughout the eastern Mediterranean countries, you will find slightly different versions depending on the recipe's origin. Check out Turkish Semolina Cake in Syrup for a subtle twist on this simple recipe.
- For the Cake:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup fine semolina
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1/2 cup/1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs separated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 lemon (zested)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pinch salt
- For the Syrup:
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 (3-inch) strips orange zest
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Optional Toppings:
- Powdered sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup blanched and lightly toasted chopped almonds
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.
Make the Cake
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease the bottom and sides a 9 x 13-inch pan and set aside.
Mix the flour, semolina and baking powder in a medium bowl.
Using an electric mixer, cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy. With the mixer running, add egg yolks one by one. Continue mixing until the batter turns a light yellow color. Add vanilla extract and lemon zest.
With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the milk.
Clean the beaters well and beat the egg whites in a separate bowl with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form.
Using a spatula, fold the egg whites into the batter until just blended. Don't mix too much or you will "flatten" your egg whites.
Pour the batter into the pan, level with a spatula and bake for 45 minutes or until the cake is a nice golden color.
Make the Syrup