Karithopita - Olympic Walnut Cake

Total Time
50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Karithopita (Kefalonian Walnut Cake) is made at Artopolis bakery in New York City with a recipe from co-owner Nick Pantelatos' mother, who comes from the Greek island of Kefalonia. As printed in our local newspaper. Cooling time not included in cooking time.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F Grease an 8- or 9-inch round pan.
  2. Beat egg yolks with sugar until pale yellow.
  3. Stir in orange juice, brandy and vanilla.
  4. Combine semolina and baking powder and fold into egg yolks.
  5. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
  6. Fold in walnuts, nutmeg and orange zest.
  7. Fold 1/2 of whites into yolk mixture, then fold in remaining whites.
  8. Spread in pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Cool on rack.
  10. While cake is baking, combine water, sugar, lemon rind and cinnamon in a small saucepan.
  11. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cook until sugar is melted.
  12. Set aside to cool slightly.
  13. Pour hot syrup on cake, place 8 walnut halves around the top outside edge and 1 in the center and serve.

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