Cake Eliás, is a quite unique vegan savoury cake made with black olives, called throumbes, tahini, which is the only fat in the recipe, herbs, spices and orange juice, which makes it very healthy.
Apart from the time needed to pit the olives, which takes about half an hour, otherwise it is very easy and quick to make. All you have to do is mix together the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients,to make a batter and then mix in the herbs and bake.
This Eliopsomo was inspired by the Cypriot Eliopita. However, I have made it so many times, with so many twists that by now the only thing they have in common are the olives and the orange juice. I added more herbs and the only fat in the recipe is tahini, which makes it very healthy and adds an amazing taste to the cake.
We love accompanying our Greek coffee with a piece of cake and since this week mostly the majority of Orthodox are fasting for Easter, this cake is perfect for breakfast or as a snack to accompany coffee, tea or with a glass of juice or a glass of wine during lunch or dinner.
- 300 grams throumbes* olives, pitted and finely chopped
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 2 green onions, with part of green leaves as well, finely chopped
- 1 sprig fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1 sprig fresh oregano, finely chopped
- 1 spring fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 90 grams tahini
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 300 grams all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp flaxseed
- 1 tbsp coriander
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Put the spices in a spice grinder and powder them.
- Combine all the dry ingredients with the spices and mix them with a balloon whisk.
- Heat half the water and dissolve the tahini. Add the remaining water and set aside to cool.
- Add the tahini as well as the remaining wet ingredients and mix to make a batter.
- Add the olives and the herbs and mix to combine.
- Preheat oven to 150o C.
- Empty the batter in a 22 cm silicone or other round cake Bundt form and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check the cake by inserting a knife in the centre of the cake, until it comes out clean.
- Remove to a rack to cool before unmolding.
*Throumbes (θρούμπες) is a variety of Greek black olives, which mature on the tree. They are the only olives which can be eaten directly from the tree when they are ripe and they are rather wrinkled. These olives are often cured in salt.
Taste the olives and if they are salty do not add salt. I washed and dried them before pitting them.
If you cannot find throumbes, you can substitute them with Kalamata olives.
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!