Karythopita (Walnut Spice Cake)

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Total Time
1hr 20mins
25 mins
55 mins

A favorite any time, this Greek dessert is also a Christmas tradition for many families.

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  1. Make the syrup: In a saucepan, add all syrup ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring well. Reduce heat and allow to boil gently for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Beat egg whites, salt, and water to the firm peak stage.
  3. Preheat oven to 340°F
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon, and ground cloves very well until creamy and smooth.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda, baking powder, and flour, and stir in to the mixture.
  6. Add grated orange peel and juice, brandy, breadcrumbs, and walnuts.
  7. Finally, and carefully, fold in the beaten egg whites.
  8. Lightly grease a 13x9 inch baking pan (or equivalent) with butter, pour in the batter, and bake at 340F for 40 minutes.
  9. Cake is done when a knife inserted into the middle comes out dry.
  10. Spoon the cooled syrup evenly over the hot cake. Sprinkle with walnuts mixed with a little cinnamon. Allow to cool before serving.
  11. Make sure the syrup is completely cooled before adding to cake. If necessary, refrigerate for a few minutes.