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Karydopita (Walnut Cake)

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Karydopita (pr. ka-ree-do-pita) is a Greek dessert cake made with lots of walnuts and covered in a sweet syrup.   The word “karydi” (καρύδι) means walnut and “pita” (πίτα) means pie.

You do not have to think hard what to do when you have a lot of walnuts.  What better than a traditional Walnut Cake, which will bring back childhood memories…. as this is one of the popular Greek desserts.

Karydopita (Walnut Cake)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour (or 2 cups of fine semolina and 1 cup of flour)
  • 3 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup of crushed walnuts
  • 1 cup of ground walnuts
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of ground cloves
  • 250 grams butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of brandy
  • 1 tablespoons of grated orange peel
  • 3/4 cup of milk (or orange juice)

Ingredients for syrup:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Lemon peel

Directions

  1. In a bowl mix the semolina, flour, the crushed walnuts, the baking powder, the orange zest,  the cinnamon and the ground cloves.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff and place in the refrigerator.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until the mixture turns white and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg yolks and gradually add the brandy and mix for a few more minutes.
  5.  Add the milk (or orange juice).
  6. Gradually add the flour alternating with the egg whites folding gently with a spatula until incorporated.
  7. Pour the batter into a well greased and floured 25 cm baking tin.  
  8. Bake the cake in a preheated oven to 180o for about one hour or until a knife or a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  9. Prepare the syrup. In a saucepan place sugar, water and lemon peel and boil for 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice.
  10. Remove the cake from the oven and when lukewarm, pour the hot syrup gradually using a spoon.
  11. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts on top.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

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  1. Peter M

    Thank you Ivy…Karydopita is one of my favourite greek desserts…not too sweet.

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