• 20 min preparation time plus 50-60 min cooking time

    Preparation Time

  • easy

    Difficulty Level

  • Cake pan 26 cm in diameter

    Serves

According to the legend, the mastic trees cried when Agios (Saint) Isidores, after being tortured by the Romans in 250 A.D., managed to escape and sat under these tries. After seeing him, the trees felt sorry for him and started crying. The cultivation of mastic in Chios is thought to have started during the 3rd century. Since ancient times, mastic was used for its medicinal properties. Today it is used in pastry making and in cooking, but it should be used in very small quantities, otherwise our food will become bitter.

Ingredients

Aromatic

  • 400 gr all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder Sunspices
  • 300 gr butter, at room temperature (soften)
  • 250 gr sugar
  • 1 tsp mastic Sunspices
  • 1 tsp mahlab Sunspices
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 2 vanillas Sunspices
  • 4 medium eggs (or 3 large)
  • 75 ml full-fat milk

Method

  1. We preheat the oven to 180C/355F. We put the butter and the sugar in the mixer bowl and we beat them very well until the mixture is fluffy and pale yellow. At intervals, we stop beating and we scrap down the walls of the mixer bowl.

  2. Put in the blender the mastic, the mahlab, the zest, the vanillas and 1 tbsp sugar and we grind. We add this mixture to the butter and we stir.

  3. We reduce the mixer’s speed and we add the eggs one at a time. We fully incorporate before adding the next egg. At the end, we add the milk.

  4. We stir the flour and the baking powder. We gently fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture, using an elastic spatula. We butter and we line our cake pan with parchment paper and we pour the batter into the pan. We bake for about 50 minutes. To check if the cake is ready, we insert a knife or toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready, otherwise we bake for a few more minutes. We sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar and serve.

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