Everyone, who has visited Greece, or has friends who are Greek has tried either Baklava, or Galaktoboureko, or even both since these Greek Pastries are well known. There is also one more yummyyyy and mouthwatering tasty cake, we like to call Karydopita, otherwise known as Walnut Cake. Whole pieces of Walnuts with Cognac in a nice piece of moist cake….does it get any better than that? Well, maybe with the exception of Chocolate …..:)
GREEK WALNUT CAKE (KARYDOPITA)
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 2 cups Sugar
- 8 Eggs
- 4 cups Walnuts
- 3 cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/3 cup Cognac
- 2 cups Water
In a large bowl add in the sugar, butter, and egg yolks and beat until well combined. In a smaller bowl whisk the egg whites into a smooth meringue. Add half of the meringue into the mix and continue beating, slowly pour the rest of the meringue and whisk until it has become one smooth mixture. Toss in the walnuts, the flour, baking powder, and the rest of the ingredients, and beat until it has become one big mass.
Tip: Add the baking powder into the flour and mix together before adding into the egg mix. I also add a bit of Cognac in the mixture before baking because it gives the cake a bit more of a taste of Cognac. 🙂
Take a buttered pan and add your cake mix and place in the oven at 190 degrees for 1/2 hour. In the meantime, in a small sauce pan add in the water, sugar and cognac, stir and let boil on very low heat.
Once the cake has been baked, add the syrup and let it sit until the cake as absorbed the syrup. Let it cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
You can add whip cream, or ice cream on the side for a twist.