Politiko Dessert

This dessert’s toughest part? Waiting for it to set! 🤌🏻🥰 Get ready for a delightful treat that won’t tire you out: the heavenly “politiko” dessert, where each layer holds a different flavor! 😉 Don’t be surprised by the ingredient list. 🫣 There’s no oil or flour in its base. The secret lies in the delightful touch of mastic and mahlab in the base mixture.

Politiko Dessert

Politiko Dessert


  • For the Cake:
  • 1/2 teaspoon mastic
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 500 grams semolina
  • 1 teaspoon mahlab
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 packet baking powder (10 g)
  • 1 packet baking soda (10 g)
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • For the Syrup:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • For the Cream:
  • 1 liter milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 packet vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons butter (cold)
  • For Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. Before preparing the cake mixture, grind the mastic with two tablespoons of sugar until powdered.
  2. In a deep bowl, mix all dry cake ingredients except baking soda. Add baking soda to the milk, stir for 10-15 seconds to activate it.
  3. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients, blend evenly. Lightly grease a 29x20 rectangular baking tray, pour the mixture, let it rest on the counter for 10 minutes.
  4. Bake the cake in a preheated 160°C fan oven until golden and firm, about 50 minutes.
  5. While the cake bakes, combine all cream ingredients except vanilla and butter in a saucepan.
  6. Place the mixture on the stove, cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until it thickens. Transfer the cooked cream to another bowl, add vanilla and cold butter gradually, beat with a mixer.
  7. Cover the cream with plastic wrap, touching its surface, let it rest at room temperature for at least 2 hours.

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