Greek dessert No.2 Karidopita.

For the last couple of days whenever we asked Roman what he would like to eat, he’d respond with “Cake please Daddy” or “Cake please Papa”. So today, I decided to make him one.

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The finished product.

 

What I made today was Karidopita or walnut cake. A popular cake in Greece made with walnuts and rusks, giving it a soft but crunchy texture. Karidopita is a cake my Yiayia used to make and a cake that I would love to help eat. It’s a cake that has to be soaked with sugar syrup to sweeten the taste and also moisten it, otherwise the cake ends up being quite dry. I made this cake using a thermomix, but it can also be made without one.

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The ingredients.

 

To make Karidopita you will need:

For the cake.

50g rusks

250g walnuts, shelled

180g flour

3 cloves

70g butter

3 eggs

130g sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tbsp brandy

130g milk

For the syrup.

500g sugar

350g water

lemon peel from half a lemon

1 vanilla pod

Now what you do is:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Place rusks into mixing bowl, grate 6 sec/speed 7.
  3. Add walnuts, grate 4 sec/speed 7. Transfer into a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Place flour and cloves into mixing bowl, grind 20 sec/speed 10. Transfer to the rusk-walnut mixture.
  5. Place butter, eggs and sugar into mixing bowl, beat 2 min/speed 4.
  6. Add rusk-walnut-flour mixture, cinnamon, baking powder, brandy and milk, mix    25 sec/speed 4. Put mixture into a buttered, floured spring form tin approx. 26 cm round. Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 50 to 60 minutes.
  7. Cool the cake in the spring form tin.

For the syrup:

  1. Place sugar, water and lemon peel into mixing bowl. Split the vanilla pod lengthwise, scrape seeds out with a knife point, add seeds and vanilla pod into mixing bowl. Cook 9 min/100 degrees/speed 1.
  2. Pour syrup over cooled walnut cake, wait until the all the syrup soaks in.
  3. Cut the cake and enjoy.
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The syrup soaked through nicely.

 

What I learnt… The ingredients for the syrup makes a lot. I didn’t use all the syrup so will halve the ingredients next time.

Finally, the picture of the windmills was taken on the island of Mykonos that Papa and I visited last year. A beautiful island that we hope to get back to one day.

Until next time…

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