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    Karithopita (Greek Walnut Cake)

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    1 hr 25 mins

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    evelyn/athens's Note:

    This is my mom's specialty and she makes it for all holidays. It is a rich, dark, spicy cake that has been soaked in a syrup and is best served with a dollop of whipped cream.

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    • freshly whipped cream


    1. 1
      Preheat the oven to 350°F; butter and flour a 13 x 9 baking pan.
    2. 2
      In a bowl combine the walnuts, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, breadcrumbs, flour, and baking powder.
    3. 3
      In a small glass, dilute the soda with the cognac.
    4. 4
      Beat the egg whites in a bowl until stiff peaks form.
    5. 5
      In a large bowl mixing bowl, cream the butter with the sugar and then add the eggs yolks; mix in the soda with the cognac, and add the milk and the walnut mixture, beating until well combined; fold in 1/4 of the beaten egg whites to lighten batter, then carefully fold in the rest; it is ok if a few white streaks show in the batter; spread into the prepared baking pan.
    6. 6
      Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the cake tests done; cool completely.
    7. 7
      For the syrup: Mix all the ingredients together in a medium saucepan; bring it to a boil and boil for 5-7 minutes; remove cinnaon stick and pour hot syrup over cooled cake; let the cake cool completely before serving.
    8. 8
      Note: It is very important that the cake has cooled completely before the hot syrup is poured on as it will turn mushy otherwise.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 04, 2008


      Completely amazing! I love the texture and that it wasn't very sweet. My favorite is the syrup. It is soooo good. I love that these are ingredients I regularly have in my kitchen. Another winner thanks! Made for Zwt 4

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    • on December 02, 2006


      This recipe was great!! I made karithopita for the first time using this recipe and it was a hit. Thanks!

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    • on December 09, 2005

      HI EVELYN! Just have to say that this is my favorite Greek dessert - I really thought that I had given it a rating before. Your recipes are so fabulous (ALL OF THEM, EVERYBODY - YOU CANT GO WRONG WITH EVELYNS RECIPES). Your recipe is the best I have ever had - and I've eaten alot of Greek walnut cake in my time! By any chance, would you have a recipe for Dipples? I know that they would be delicious coming from you. Wendy

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    Nutritional Facts for Karithopita (Greek Walnut Cake)

    Serving Size: 1 (169 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 547.1
    Calories from Fat 216
    Total Fat 24.1 g
    Saturated Fat 7.3 g
    Cholesterol 111.3 mg
    Sodium 389.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 76.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
    Sugars 52.0 g
    Protein 9.8 g

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