This traditional Greek Karidopita walnut cake is flavoured with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves with an orange, vanilla and brandy syrup. We recommend you serve it warm or cold with ice-cream.
This recipe is unusual in that the sponge is made from breadcrumbs and walnuts blended together in place of flour, these are added to a whipped butter, sugar and egg yolk mix. Air is added to the sponge using baking powder and whipped egg whites. Once cooked it is drenched in a sweet orange syrup The syrup is made from orange juice, brandy, vanilla and caster sugar, the sauce is thickened and then poured over the cake as it cools,
Add just enough syrup to moisten the cake rather than soaking it, so it remains light and fluffy if your not sure add a little a at time. It you accidently add to much pop the cake back in the oven to dry the cake out a little. If you like your cake extra syrupy then go for it, after all its personal taste!
We think karidopita is more a winter dish than a summer one, it is packed full of winter ingredients such as walnuts, oranges, and spices, in fact it is ideal to add to your Christmas repertoire, as it is full of the flavours reminiscent of Christmas and makes a great alternative to a Christmas pudding. You can serve this cake warm or cold, we serve it warm with a dollop of ice-cream but you can serve it with whipped cream. If you intend to eat it as a cake rather than a dessert make sure you don't overload it with syrup
The dish is quite sweet and served with ice-cream is perfect for adults and children alike. You can serve it as a dessert or cut it into neat squares and serve it as part of an afternoon tea, especially in the winter.
Karidopita is ideal for any authentic Greek themed dinner party, or Christmas dinner party. We serve it as the dessert for our Greek menu with spinach and feta parcels for the starter and lamb moussaka for the meat eaters and chickpea moussaka for the vegetarians for the main course. Take a look at our Greek themed menu and see if it’s perfect for your next party.
This walnut cake is a delicious combination of ingredients - nuts, oranges, and spices, without a doubt the delicious orange, brandy and vanilla syrup that is added to the cake after it is cooked, makes this absolutely delicious.
It is a traditional Greek dessert or sweet, it is a cake made from walnuts and covered in an orange syrup. The name Karidopita comes from the Greek word for walnut and pie combined. The syrup can be flavoured with different flavourings, common flavourings are orange zest, cloves, brown sugar and spiced rum or cognac.