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Recipe for Greek Layer Cake with Nuts

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This dessert is served throughout Greece. You can use any nut you have on hand such as almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts.

Greek Layer Cake with Nuts (Kopenhai) Recipe Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound shelled walnuts, chopped

For the Syrup:

Instructions to Make Greek Layer Cake With Nuts:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with butter or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Cream the butter and 3/4 cup of the sugar together using an electric mixer. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Add three of the eggs the eggs and beat until smooth. Add the flour and beat until well combined. You don’t want to over beat the flour.

Pour the batter into the baking dish and spread with a rubber spatula to evenly disperse it.

Add the eggs and the rest of the sugar and beat on medium until smooth. Stir in the walnuts using a wooden spoon. Pour into the pan evenly over the batter.

Place in the center of the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. You’ll know the cake is done if a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and set aside.

While the cake is baking, making the syrup.

Pour the water, sugar, honey, and cinnamon stick into a saucepan and set the heat on medium. Continue to stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cook the syrup uncovered until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about ten minutes.  Stir occasionally so the syrup doesn’t stick to the bottom. Remove the pan from the heat.

Pour the syrup over the cake after it cools for about ten minutes once removing it from the oven.

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