In Greece, this cake is known as Karidopita,it is a moist and flavorful walnut cake that is flavored withcinnamon and bathed in sweet syrup.
Recipe: Greek Walnut Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts 4 large eggs, separated 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar – divided use 1/4 cup sweetened apple juice 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
In medium bowl, sift together flour, bakingpowder, cinnamon and cloves. Stir in walnuts. Set aside.
In large mixing bowl, beat egg whiteswith cream of tartar at high speed until foamy. Add 1/2 cup ofthe sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating constantly untilsugar is dissolved and whites are glossy and stand in soft peaks.(Rub just a bit of meringue between thumb and forefinger to feelif sugar has dissolved.) In small mixing bowl, beat egg yolksat high speed until thick and lemon-colored, about 5 minutes.Gradually beat in 1/2 cup of the remaining sugar. Sprinkle flourmixture over whites. Add beaten yolk mixture. Gently, but thoroughly,fold yolk mixture into whites. Pour into greased and floured10-inch springform pan. Gently spread batter evenly.
Bake in preheated 350°F (175°C)oven until top springs back when lightly touched with finger,about 45 to 50 minutes. Remove cake from oven. Cool completely.Remove cake from pan and invert onto serving platter. Piercetop of cake with a skewer or fork.
In small saucepan, stir together applejuice, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice and lemon peel. Cookover medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils.Remove from heat. Slowly spoon syrup over cake until absorbed.
Makes 8 servings.
Recipe provided courtesy of The AmericanEgg Board
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