Karithopita (Greek Walnut Cake)

Total Time
1hr 25mins
25 mins
1 hr

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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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F; butter and flour a 13 x 9 baking pan.
  2. In a bowl combine the walnuts, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, breadcrumbs, flour, and baking powder.
  3. In a small glass, dilute the soda with the cognac.
  4. Beat the egg whites in a bowl until stiff peaks form.
  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. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the cake tests done; cool completely.
  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. Note: It is very important that the cake has cooled completely before the hot syrup is poured on as it will turn mushy otherwise.