If you’re still wondering which holiday dessert to make this year, stop now. Let me introduce you to the dessert you’ll want to make this year and next: Karidopita.
Karidopita is a moist, yet substantive Greek walnut cake flavored with cinnamon and clove spice. The cake’s moisture comes from the simple syrup poured over it hot out of the oven.
This recipe can be prepared a day or two in advance and yields a larger-than-usual cake making it even better for holiday gatherings. I didn’t have the 11 x 15 inch baking dish on hand so I split the batter into two smaller pans and adjusted the baking time down which worked just fine.
Shared by Theia Stasia Papakosta
10 egg whites
5 whole cloves (optional)
Extra chopped walnuts for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and butter a deep 11 x 15 baking dish.
Measure oil into a medium bowl and beat alone on high for 8 minutes. Add sugar and egg yolks. Beat on high for an additional 10 minutes.
In another bowl combine flour, bread crumbs, baking soda, baking powder, walnuts and spices with a whisk. Add the oil, egg and sugar mixture, brandy and milk to the dry ingredients and combine with a spoon or spatula.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until peaks begin to form. Gently add egg whites to mixture.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Prepare the syrup while the cake is in the oven so it has time to cool before you pour it over the cake. Combine sugar, water, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir and simmer over medium high heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.