Greek walnut cake

Walnuts are critical in this cake. Recipe: Greek walnut cake (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)



Greek walnut cake

Total time: About 1 hour

Servings: 12 to 16


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Note: This cake is shown served with honeyed crème fraîche (whisk together 1/2 cup crème fraîche with 1 tablespoon orange blossom honey to sweeten).

2 cups sifted flour (8 ounces)

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon allspice

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup ground walnuts (3½ ounces)

3 eggs

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon Champagne vinegar

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, allspice, cinnamon and ground walnuts.

3. Mix the eggs into the dry ingredients, 1 at a time, then whisk in the milk, vinegar and olive oil. Beat just until thoroughly combined.

4. Transfer the batter to a greased 13-by-9-inch pan.

5. Bake the cake on the center rack of the oven until puffed and golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, 30 to 45 minutes.

6. Place the pan on a rack to cool slightly before slicing on the diagonal into diamond shapes.

Each of 16 servings: 309 calories; 4 grams protein; 32 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 19 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 41 mg cholesterol; 20 grams sugar; 112 mg sodium.