How to make it

  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F.
  • Brush two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-1/2-inch metal loaf pans with olive oil.
  • Line pan bottoms with parchment paper; brush parchment with olive oil.
  • Spread 1-1/2 cups almonds on rimmed baking sheet; toast in oven 10 minutes.
  • Cool.
  • Transfer to processor and coarsely grind (some small almond pieces should remain); set aside.
  • Finely chop 1/2 cup untoasted almonds in processor.
  • Boil ouzo in small saucepan until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 2 minutes.
  • Cool.
  • Sprinkle 1-1/2 tablespoons finely chopped untoasted almonds over bottom of each pan.
  • Whisk flour, ground star anise, baking powder, sea salt, and ground toasted almonds in large bowl.
  • Using electric mixer, beat egg yolks and 1-1/2 cups sugar in medium bowl until well blended (mixture will look grainy at first).
  • Add 1 cup light olive oil; beat 1 minute.
  • Add ouzo and yogurt and beat until well blended, about 30 seconds.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to yolk mixture, beating just until incorporated (batter will be thick).
  • Using dry clean beaters, beat egg whites in large bowl until stiff but not dry.
  • Fold 1/3 of whites into batter to lighten.
  • Fold in remaining whites in 2 additions.
  • Divide batter between prepared pans (about 3 1/2 cups for each).
  • Sprinkle each with remaining finely chopped untoasted almonds, dividing equally.
  • Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon sugar.
  • Bake cakes until golden brown and tester inserted into centers comes out clean, about 1 hour 5 minutes.
  • Cool cakes in pans on rack 15 minutes.
  • Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely.
  • Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap in foil and store at room temperature.
  • Makes two (8-inch) loaves.
  • From: Bon Appétit - Aglaia Kremezi

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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    another winner!! OPA!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    annieamie ate it and said...
    Thanks so much for posting this recipe, Lor! It sounds great! Can't wait to try it!
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  • lor 10 years ago
    Yes Dixiejet, it does have a licorice flavour.
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  • dixiejet 10 years ago
    does it taste like licorice (sp?) ?
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  • lor 10 years ago
    This truly is a delicious cake. It is very moist and the flavours are most interesting.
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  • scrumptious 10 years ago
    What an interesting recipe! My mouth is having fun trying to conjure the flavor!
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  • deedeec 10 years ago
    This sounds fabulous!
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