Greek Walnut Spice Cake

  • Active Time 45m
  • Total Time 2h

12 servings

A rich, flavorful syrup infuses this Mediterranean-inspired walnut coffee cake with the bright aroma of oranges and cloves. Heart-healthy olive oil and whole-grain barley flour add subtle complexity and texture to this nutty treat.

ingredients

  • For the Cake:
  • 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup barley flour (see Tip)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed dark or light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • For the Syrup:
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup packed dark or light brown sugar
  • 1 small strip orange zest (1 x 1-inch)
  • 2 whole cloves

directions

FOR THE CAKE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch-square glass baking dish with cooking spray and dust it with flour, shaking out the excess.

Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast, stirring once halfway, until fragrant, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Whisk the whole-wheat flour (see Measuring Tip), barley flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Whisk the eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until thoroughly blended. Combine the yogurt with orange zest and juice in a small bowl and stir until smooth; gradually whisk into the egg mixture along with the oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in 2 additions, stirring well in between, until just blended. Fold in 1 cup of the walnuts. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake the cake until a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

FOR THE SYRUP: Meanwhile, combine 1/3 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup brown sugar, orange zest strip and cloves in a small heavy saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring a few times. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer and cook until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes (you will have a scant 1/3 cup); remove the zest and cloves. Let cool.

When the cake is done, transfer the pan to a wire rack. Using a toothpick, pierce the top in about 18 places and brush the syrup over the cake 3 or 4 times, allowing it to seep in each time. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup walnuts and let cool for 30 minutes. Loosen the edges with a knife and cut into 12 squares. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Tip: &lt;br&gt;Ingredient Note: Barley flour has a mild yet distinct flavor, which some describe as slightly sweet and malty. Barley is high in fiber and has a low glycemic index. Look for it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores; it&amp;#8217;s often available in bulk. Store in the freezer. White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available in large supermarkets and at natural-foods stores). Store it in the freezer. Measuring tip: We use the &amp;#8220;spoon and level&amp;#8221; method to measure flours. Here&amp;#8217;s how it is done: Use a spoon to lightly scoop flour from its container into a measuring cup. Use a knife or other straight edge to level the flour with the top of the measuring cup. <br><br>Make Ahead: Store at room temperature under a cake dome or in an airtight container for up to 1 day.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 10199

nutrition information per serving

294 calories; 14g total fat; 2g total saturated fat; 36mg cholesterol; 215mg sodium; 0g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 7g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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