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"Pavlova" cakes are the hit in summer Athens

03 September 2014 / 19:09:18  GRReporter
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Simona Peneva

Two years already "Pavlova" pastry shop has been successful and preferred by customers. According to its owner Effie Yialousi, its success is due to the fact that all the products are of top quality, distinctive and handmade.
"All our products are fresh. We offer both sweet and savoury dishes. Most popular among our customers, of course, is "Pavlova" cake," she said. This cake is the best selling product of the shop. This is an Australian dessert, which she first introduced in Greece because she has Malaysian roots. In addition to "Pavlova" cake prepared in the original recipe and in different flavours, the pastry shop offers prototype Greek pastries, including milk flat loaf, guzlemi, trahana and balezes.

Most preferred from the savoury dishes are the small flat loaves, Thai salads, carrot cake and the Indian potato cakes samosas. Each recipe is made up by the owner, Effie Yialousi. "Even if I use someone else’s recipe I always add something from me," she said.

Customers of the pastry shop are mainly Greeks, but many foreigners visit it as well in order to enjoy the products of "Pavlova". Its branches are located in Kolonaki and Pagkrati. "We have a large window that displays all the products that we offer. When customers come, they start asking ‘what is this’ and ‘what is that’, and choose different sweets and dishes," said Effie Yialousi.

"Pavlova" cake is a dessert with a meringues base, named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The dessert was created in tribute to her, during or after one of her performances in Australia and New Zealand in 1920. The nationality of the creator of the cake has been the cause for a dispute between the two countries for many years.

"Our goal for the future is to continue to offer fresh and handmade products as well as to open more pastry shops. We will always offer our clients this. We also rely on small portions," said the owner of "Pavlova" pastry shop. The secret of its success is the love and passion for the work and the respect for high-quality products. Effie Yialousi is the author of "Mytilene Flavours" inspired by her birthplace. So far, the book has already had three editions.

For the readers of GRReporter, Effie Yialousi shares one of her recipes:

                                       "Pavlova" cake for six


Heat the oven to 180°C. Put 250 g berries in a bowl along with a shot of Grand Marnier and orange peel to pickle them. Beat the egg whites and the salt with a mixer at medium speed, and gradually add the sugar until it melts and can take the form of a glossy meringue with peaks. Sprinkle with cornmeal and add the vinegar and vanilla. Mix gently until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. Pour it into a baking dish, 23 cm in diameter, in which you have put some banking paper slightly covered with cornmeal. Reduce the heat of the oven to 150°C and bake for 40-45 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the cake inside, the oven door being open, until it cools down. Decorate with whipped cream and cover the cake with berries.

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