Karidopita: Greek walnut cake


Traditionally speaking, dessert is not a course that exists in a Greek meal, and I don’t remember ever having been served a dessert in anyone’s home. That said, there is absolutely no shortage of sweet things to eat in Greece. Particular sweets are brought out on a tray to formally welcome a guest into the home or enjoyed as favors at weddings, baptisms, and funerals, while a myriad of bakery sweets are sometimes taken as a late afternoon or evening treat, maybe outside at a pastry shop, or in the home with a coffee.

Away from Greece, where desserts are a way of life, a Greek sweet can be a good way to end a meal. Here are the ones that I like best, along with something that probably won’t translate as a dessert anywhere, spoon sweets as they are made in the Magnesias.