Petimezopita from Paros

A traditional recipe from Paros for an easy, fasting, sweet cake without sugar.

This cake is made with petimezi, which is concentrate grape juice or as grape must, and is a natural sweetener used in the Mediterranean since ancient times. The cake is fluffy, and fragrant and it will melt in your mouth. As seen in Series 6 Episode 6!


1kg plain flour

2 Teaspoons baking powder 

1 Tablespoon baking soda

1 Tablespoon cinnamon powder

1 Teaspoon clove powder

1 Teaspoon nutmeg powder

Orange zest, 2 oranges

250 ml fresh orange juice

500 ml petimezi (grape must)

350 ml olive oil

100 ml semi-sweet wine

2 tablespoons sesame seeds


In a bowl add the petimezi, the olive oil, the semi-sweet wine and finally dissolve the soda in the orange juice to add in the mixture.

In another bowl add the flour with the spices and the orange zest. 

Combine the two mixtures and stir.

Grease a baking tray with olive oil and sprinkle the inside with 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds. 

Pour the mixture of the petimezopita and shake the pan to flatten the surface. Sprinkle the entire surface with the remaining sesame seeds.

Bake at 160°C fan for 50’. 

The petimezopita is ready when we insert a knife into its heart and the blade comes out dry from the dough.

Let it to cool for 30 minutes before cutting.