Karithopita - Olympic Walnut Cake

Recipe by Molly53
READY IN: 50mins




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