When it comes to Greek names Michalis, Mike comes just after Yannis, Nikos and Kostas in popularity. Last Sunday was a big name day – one third of Greece must have been celebrating their Michaels and Michaelas. I was celebrating a very special Michalis too, my dad, and he has a a special request, karidopita, Greek walnut cake with syrup!
I’m afraid karidopita falls short of humble ingredients or re-use that are my competition challenges. It’s a festive, cold weather cake fit for celebrating! For this one, there was a little conspiracy too!
Mum dug out a grandma’s Dina very, very old recipe for karidopita. I hadn’t made this one before, I normally go for the normal walnut cake with coffee frosting. I have to admit I was very pleased with the result!
So if you are feeling festive, especially with Thanks giving and Christmas around the corner, here is what you will need:
- 125 gr margarine
- 180 gr sugar
- 600gr crushed walnuts, plus some extra for decoration
- 600 gr super fine breadcrumbs
- 4 eggs
- 1 large shot of cognac
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ lemon for its peel and juice
What to do
First the syrup, it’s easier to pour it over the piping hot cake.
- In a large pot add sugar, water, lemon peel and lemon juice and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Bring to the boil and then simmer for 7-8 minutes.
- Remove from fire and let it cool whilst you are preparing the walnut cake.
- Bit the egg yolks and the sugar until the mixture has turned white. Slowly add in the cognac as you continue to mix.
- Bit the egg whites into meringue consistency material
- Mix the walnuts, with the breadcrumbs – we use very fine breadcrumbs over here – add the baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In your dry walnut mix, add the beaten egg yolks, sugar and cognac.
- Start incorporating the egg whites very slowly.
- Bake on a preheated fan assisted oven at 180 oC for 35-40 minutes.
- Once out of the oven pour the cold syrup over using a large laddle and spreading evenly (don’t rush it you risk opening a hole in your lovely cake)
Grab the spoons and enjoy! It’s truly delicious and very wintery.
I believe it’s the most boozy traditional dessert Greek cuisine has on offer. Do enjoy with good company.
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