This Greek dessert is made with Greek yogurt, lemon juice and zest, and lots of shredded phyllo pastry. The texture is unique, and you won't believe how easy it is to make.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
45 mins
1 hr
2 hrs 10 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sugar, water, and zest of 2 lemons in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and boil vigorously for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice from 4 lemons. Allow syrup to cool while you prepare the cake.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with oil.

  • Remove phyllo sheets from the package. Tear each sheet roughly into shreds and pile up in the baking pan. Let shredded phyllo dry out a little while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

  • Combine yogurt, oil, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and baking powder in a blender or food processor. Blend together on high speed until frothy, about 2 minutes. Pour lemon-egg mixture over the shredded phyllo in the baking pan. Stir everything together gently until egg mixture is evenly distributed.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden and the filling set, about 45 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven and immediately pour cooled syrup over the hot cake. Set aside until most of the syrup has soaked in, at least 1 hour. Slice into squares and serve.

Nutrition Facts

604 calories; protein 8g; carbohydrates 86.4g; fat 26.7g; cholesterol 86.9mg; sodium 322.3mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (1)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
Not my favorite. This was much denser and sweeter than it looked. Read More
4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
Terrible, could not eat it Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Not my favorite. This was much denser and sweeter than it looked. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I think perhaps there is an error in the ingredients may have led to the poor reviews. Use "one" container of greek yogurt-- which may be 7.6 ounces in size. Not "1" 7.6 ounce container which may have edited to 17.6 ounces. Retry with 7.6 ounces. Reduce the syrup to 1.5 c sugar and 1 c water and 3 lemons juice and pulp and one of them also zested. Read More