A Sweet-dish recipe, by Gina Lioti.
“Karidopita (Greek syrupy walnut pie) is a traditional syrupy dessert that is served on holidays; usually during Christmas, but also at name days or birthdays. It is basically a spiced walnut cake soaked in syrup, but it is called pie (pita) in Greek.”Gina Lioti
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There are various versions of it, depending on the area, but this is my favourite, as it is extremely fluffy.
You can chop or grind the walnuts as much as you want, you can even use a processor, but I prefer them coarsely chopped. Also, you can substitute brandy for orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or even whisky. I use my mother's hand made krania liqueur (also called krana in some areas); I definitely recommend you try it if you can find some.
Keep the walnut pie, covered, in your fridge and enjoy it plain, with whipped cream or with ice cream.
This is a recipe for a small baking dish (20 cm x 27 cm), about 7-8 cm height.
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eggs separated — 3
butter room temperature — 140 grams
sugar golden caster — 120 grams
breadcrumbs 100 grams
walnuts coarsely chopped or ground — 200 grams
nutmeg 1 tsp
cinnamon powder 1 tbsp
baking powder or about 14 grams — 2 tsp
orange freshly squeezed — 1 tbsp
brandy or krania liqueur/Grand Marnier/Cointreau — 1-2 tbsp
- Butter your baking dish (unless it is non-stick), making sure it is all covered and preheat the oven at 170 degrees Celsius.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites until you make meringue, cover them and place them aside.
- In a different bowl, beat the eggs and sugar, until they become light yellow and fluffy.
- Add the egg yolks, beating until you have an even mix.
- While beating add in this order: first the walnuts, then the breadcrumbs, then baking powder, then liqueur, then nutmeg, squeezed orange juice and lastly the cinnamon powder. Keep beating for a few minutes, until you have a homogenised mixture.
- Using a spatula, add the meringue to the batter. Slowly and carefully, fold in the mix, until it is all even.
- Pour the batter in your baking dish and place it in your oven, for about 40 minutes. Avoid opening the oven during baking. At the end of the baking time, insert a wooden skewer to check if ready.
- Take it out of the oven and allow it to cool down, while you prepare the syrup.
- In a small pan, add the water and sugar and bring to boil. Add the cinnamon powder and orange zest, stirring until the sugar has melted. Boil for about 5 minutes.
- Pour the hot syrup on top of the cool cake, making sure you cover all of it and allow it to soak for 15-20 minutes.
- When completely cool, cover it and place it in the fridge.
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