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    Karythopita (Walnut Spice Cake)

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    1 hr 20 mins

    25 mins

    55 mins

    Member #610488's Note:

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

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    The Syrup

    The Walnut Cake


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

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 24, 2013


      Good cake. A little more effort than usual for a cake, but well worth it. I cut back on the cloves because of personal preference. I will be making this again. This is really good with a cup of hot tea. Thanks for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Karythopita (Walnut Spice Cake)

    Serving Size: 1 (206 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 351.5
    Calories from Fat 74
    Total Fat 8.3 g
    Saturated Fat 1.7 g
    Cholesterol 176.2 mg
    Sodium 305.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 62.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 55.6 g
    Protein 7.0 g

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