Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Taste of Greece

My latest class at life+style is on Greek cooking.    I adore Greek food and have been cooking "Greek" since early married days.     Daughter Sarah got me over my fear of baklava but for years my Greek dessert of choice was karidopeta -- a lemon walnut cake which I think is yummy!

My menu has been "etched in stone" for my Greek class since we agreed on a class date, however, friend Cynthia loaned me a cookbook, Greek Gods' Cuisine, from St. Demetrious Greek Orothodox Church, Tucson.

And in that book, I found another intriguing cake . . . which I made

and invited two friends for coffee and Yiaourtopita, the recipe I decide to try.

I've been cleaning cabinets and realized I had dishes that I don't use much -- these lovely English plates and cups and saucers, from F. Winkle called Whieldon Ware and the pattern is antique.     I also have a sugar bowl, but alas, no creamer -- I should rectify that!  

A tea napkin, a bone handled fork (for the cake isn't really finger food), and my Grandmother's silver coffee pot.     We chatted, ate the lovely cake and sipped coffee -- American coffee, alas, not Greek coffee.

The cake -- my guests thought it was lovely! . . .

And laughed when I told them the American translation of the name -- Ouzo Cake!!!!   It's simple, it's good and I think it would be a long lasting cake -- but cake never seems to last long at Linderhof!


1 cup butter
2 c. sugar
6 eggs, well beaten
1 cup yogurt
2 t. baking soda, dissolved in 2 oz. Ouzo
1 cup finely chopped nuts
1 t. cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 t. cloves

Melt the butter and cool.    Add the sugar and all other ingredients and beat well.   Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan and bake in 350 oven for 45 minutes.    Pour cooled syrup over hot cake.

Dissolve 3 cups sugar in 2 cups wter, add 1/2 a lemon, cut up.    Boil slowly for 30 minutes.    Allow syrup to cool and pour evenly over cake.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining:

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday


Beth said...

Martha, your china is gorgeous! The little cakes look good too. I have always wanted to see Greece. What a beautiful country, and sounds like the food is good too!
Hugs, Beth

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh, I love your humor in this post!!! Your cakes look delicious! What a lovely set of dishes! So glad you found them, again. Must go...Celtic Women airing!!!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

When I was 13 I had the wonderful pleasure of traveling to Greece with my parents. I remember tasting delicious foods, and especially the cake. I am definitely trying this recipe! Linda

Bonnie said...

How special! You gave your friends such a gift of love. Making a fabulous dessert and the care you took sharing your treasured pieces to serve your food.

lindaraxa said...


you never cease to amaze me...your repertoire is endless!

Aledia said...

I just LOVE your china! Your little cakes look scrumptious.

I hope you have a wonderful night!


Pondside said...

Mmmm I can tell by the ingredient list that it's a cake I'd love.
The dishes are beautiful - so delicate. I hope you find a creamer.

KathyB. said...

Everything looks so inviting & yummy, especially the cake! I think this looks like cake I need to bake.

Het lijstje van brocante said...

The water runs into my mouth, this is so delicious, delicious with vanilla ice cream!!
But also the RAVANI is delicious
We go to KOS for 20 years for holidays, everything is wonderful there.
This year we celebrate Easter on KOS, with Greek friends, I'm curious what we do for goodies to eat.
Have a nice day and enjoy your baklava.
With warm regards,

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I will have to try this. We lived on Crete for a year and loved it.

I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 Kirklands gift card.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I will have to try this. We lived on Crete for a year and loved it.

I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 Kirklands gift card.

relevanttealeaf said...

I would love taking one of your cooking classes, Martha, but the distance from Michigan is a bit too far! I'll attend vicariously, via your blog. ~ Phyllis

Deb said...

Looks delicious and I love the dishes.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my, these look unreal, I need to give it a try. Your tablescape is fabulous as always, so inviting. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty