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)
- 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
- In a bowl mix the semolina, flour, the crushed walnuts, the baking powder, the orange zest, the cinnamon and the ground cloves.
- Beat egg whites until stiff and place in the refrigerator.
- Beat the butter and sugar until the mixture turns white and fluffy.
- Add the egg yolks and gradually add the brandy and mix for a few more minutes.
- Add the milk (or orange juice).
- Gradually add the flour alternating with the egg whites folding gently with a spatula until incorporated.
- Pour the batter into a well greased and floured 25 cm baking tin.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove the cake from the oven and when lukewarm, pour the hot syrup gradually using a spoon.
- Sprinkle with remaining walnuts on top.
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!