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Karidopita Recipe: A Traditional Greek Walnut Pie

Karidopita (or karydopita) is a traditional Greek walnut pie. The name of this delicious dessert (καρυδόπιτα in Greek) comes from the words “karýdia” (Greek for walnuts) and “pita” (Greek for pie). This karidopita recipe makes a moist walnut cake flavored with cinnamon and bathed in sweet syrup.

Karidopita used to be my favorite childhood dessert. When I was a kid, my mother used to make it on our name days and special occasions. We still beg her to make us karidopita on holidays. She has recently shared her recipe with me. Now, I have become a parent. Hopefully, my kids will love this Greek walnut pie as much as I did.

Easy to make, all you need to do is follow the steps of this karidopita recipe. To give it a heavenly twist, top this Greek walnut pie with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

karidopita recipe

Karidopita Recipe – Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 180 g of sugar (around 1 cup)
  • 5 g of cognac
  • 240 g of chopped walnuts (around 2 cups)
  • 100 g of hardtack (around one cup)
  • 4,5 g of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla baking powder
  • Half lemon zest
  • 5 g of baking powder

Karidopita Recipe – Syrup Ingredients

  • 570 g of water (around 3 cups)
  • 630 g of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Karidopita Recipe – Instructions

  1. Start this karidopita recipe by taking a bowl and adding the egg yolks and sugar.
  2. Beat them well. Add the cognac. Keep beating.
  3. Take another bowl and mix the chopped walnuts, hardtack, cinnamon, vanilla and lemon zest.
  4. Preheat oven to 356° F.
  5. Take another bowl, beat egg whites to a meringue.
  6. Mix egg yolks and walnut mixtures.
  7. Add the meringue while stirring lightly.
  8. Butter a baking pan. Suggested diameter: 20-22 cm.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Remove the karidopita from the oven.
  11. Allow it to slightly cool down.

Karidopita Recipe – Syrup Instructions

  1. Take a pot and add all ingredients.
  2. Bring to boil for around 4 minutes.
  3. Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low.
  4. Simmer for another 10 mins until syrup is thick.
  5. Pour syrup over walnut cake until it becomes fully absorbed.
  6. Cut walnut cake into diamond shapes.
  7. Serve immediately.

If you liked this karidopita recipe, check out my blog for more Greek dessert recipes. Enjoy!

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