Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

I don’t cook every day so, when I do, I tend toward the complex. Yet I was drawn to this recipe for Greek Walnut Cake, posted on my favorite newspaper food site (the Los Angeles Times). Part of the allure, I suppose, was that I had all the ingredients in my house—a bonus on a rainy February day.

The other factor: curiosity. Here was a cake with olive oil and milk (and no sign of my usual butter). Where you whip eggs into the flour and other dry ingredients; no creaming of anything.  Where a hefty dose of allspice should overpower the gentle walnuts. Yes, it appealed to my contrariness.

But I didn’t guess that just a few ingredients combined counterintuitively would meld into a sublime dessert, at once nutty, moist, sophisticated and so much more than the sum of its parts. It shouldn’t have been this good.  But it was.

NOTE: The LA Times liked this photo so much they published it in the food section.  

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