Karithopita comes from the Greek word karithi which means walnut, and pita which means some sort of pie or cake. Most often you will come across this Greek walnut cake drenched in syrup. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the syrupy type if I go out and order it, but for home I mostly prefer something fluffier and lighter without all that syrup. Oh, and did I mention this type is much easier and quicker to make?
There are numerous versions of this cake. Some are made with butter, others with olive oil, you can add different amount of walnuts, instead of syrup you can add powdered sugar as I did here. This is a very versatile recipe.
For this version, I used olive oil and orange juice (instead of milk), and as I was not going to add syrup I also included a few mini dark chocolate chips to sweeten it up a bit and the walnuts were finely ground resulting in a fluffy smooth cake. Apart from tasting good, you will get some of the good healthy fats from the walnuts and olive oil and there is no butter or milk . So not only tasty but heart-healthy too!