Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tishpishti: Orange walnut cake for Passover from Turkey

People have asked me why I haven't posted anything for Pesach yet, but who has the time, so I am offering this easy and wonderful cake without much commentary. My friend Barbara brought this to our house for Seder a few years ago. She got the recipe from her friend Karen and it was a big hit so she shared the recipe with us. It is simplicity itself, light and delicious. There are other versions but they are all more complicated. Harry, our son who occasionally has the misfortune to have his birthday fall during Pesach, liked it so much that he requested it for his birthday cake. If it is good enough for a 15 year old (now almost 18), it should be good enough for you too.


  • 5 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1¼ cups walnuts chopped
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup sugar
  • juice and grated zest (skin) of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients well.
  3. Line bottom of 9 inch square cake pan with foil or parchment paper (I think parchment works better.)
  4. Brush paper and sides of the pan well with oil.
  5. Bake for 1 hour until browned.
  6. Turn out upside down immediately and peel off the paper . If it looks like it is going to stick, put the pan back over it and just serve it from the pan.
  7. Cool and serve cut into one inch squares.


  1. All references to this cake that I can find have it served with a sugar syrup with rose water. Any reason why you didn't include it?
    Chag sameach .....

  2. 1) Because it is easier without the syrup stuff.
    2) Because that is the recipe our friend gave us.
    3) Because it is still delicious. Sort of like a crisp nut cake on top, and softer on the bottom.
    Hag sameach

  3. Does the walnut measurement refer to the nuts pre or post chopping?