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Karidopita by Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Deserts, Recipes

karidopita by Litsa!


Karidopita by Litsa! 20 pieces!

Karidopita!A traditional Greek dessert.A winter dessert with a nice syrup,

karidopita by Litsa!

Karidopita by Litsa!

great with a cup of coffee or tea! I also like it with ice cream!

I had a problem with it in the past! I never liked the strong flavor of baking soda used.I would never make it just because of that. 

Well if you don’t like something and you can do something about it, just go ahead and make the change! 

 Replacing the soda with baking powder and a touch of baking soda works so much better for me!  

Now I don’t feel the strong scent of the soda and I like Karidopita again.

You can serve it with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and it’s delicious.

Here is what you will need for the amazing Karidopita,

1½ cups flour

2 tbsp Semolina

½ cup sugar

5 eggs

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp cloves

¼ cup brandy

½ cup oil

Karidopita by Litsa!

Karidopita by Litsa!

Juice of 1/2 lemon

½ tsp soda

½ tsp baking powder

½ cup milk

1 cup walnuts

 

For the syrup

1½ cups water

1 cup sugar

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp of lemon juice

1 cinnamon stick

Boil all ingredients together for 6-7 min. Let cool for a few min and add slowly over the cool karidopita.

Here is how to make the cake

With your mixer beat egg whites until nice and thick,

 In another bowl beat together the egg yolks and sugar, beat for about 10 min or until nice and fluffy. To this mixture we add slowly the oil with the juice of the lemon, slowly adding the milk, dissolve the soda in the brandy and add to the mixture.

 Add the dry ingredients, and last we add the egg whites by folding them gently into the mixture with a spatula!

Bake the Karidopita in a preheated oven at 350 for about 40-45 min. Just remember to score the Karidopita and always add warm syrup to cool cake slowly, not all at once, the cake will become muddy if we are not careful. Give it time to absorb all the syrup!

Just remember to score the Karidopita before adding the syrup and always add warm syrup to cool cake slowly, not all at once, the cake will become muddy if we are not careful.

Give it time to absorb all the syrup! And it will!

 

Walnut cake (Karythopita) Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Deserts, Recipes

Walnut karythopita by Litsa!

 Karythopita is a traditional Greek dessert. The original version is heavy for me and I always have a problem with baking soda in my baking. I found the cake was permeated with the strong scent of the baking soda and that was not to my liking.

I was looking for a fresh, light version of Karythopita, and I am so happy I found the perfect one.

Mr. Parliaros a very famous Greek pastry chef created a Karythopita that is perfect, light and moist.

The traditional version needs syrup to become moist, Mr. Parliaros version is moist on its own…

I tried his recipe and it’s a keeper, with just a few additions to make my sweet tooth happy and I love it.

My contribution was 2 tbsp Nutella because I think nuts and more chocolate are divine together also I poked some holes on the cake so the chocolate can go all the way in… Wow…

Karithata-Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Deserts, Recipes

Little Treasures!

Karithata or Walnut sweets were my finds in my last visit to Greece.

It never fails to amaze me that every corner of this beloved country has something different to offer.

Every place I visit I am a little flavor detective always asking what the specialty of the place is.

And I always come away with something new and delicious.

walnut macaruns

Karithata Litsa!

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