Greek New Year’s Eve cake

  • Roza
  • December 15, 2015 3:26 pm
  • Greek

Greek New Year’s Eve cake
Recipe type: Christmas cake
Cuisine: Greek
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Vasilopita (Greek: Βασιλόπιτα, Vasilópita, lit. ‘(St.) Basil-pie’ or ‘king pie’, see below) is a New Year’s Day bread or cake in Greece and many other areas in eastern Europe and the Balkans which contains a hidden coin or trinket which gives good luck to the receiver, like the Western European king cake. It is associated with Saint Basil’s day, January 1, in most of Greece, but in some regions, the traditions surrounding a cake with a hidden coin are attached to Epiphany or to Christmas. It is made of a variety of doughs, depending on regional and family tradition, including tsoureki. there are 3 kinds of vasilopita. brioche-like, cake-like or trifti vasilopita which is between cake and biscuit. This is the one I made for U today! Try it! it’s delicious!!! but keep it well covered because it hardens very easy. an original recipe from Thessalonikis famous pastryTerkenlis.
  • 400 g. butter (from sheep’s milk)
  • 100 g butter from cow’s milk)
  • 150 g yogurt strained
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g. milk
  • 500 g. caster sugar
  • 10 g baking powder
  • 5g. baking soda
  • orange jus from 2 oranges and their zest
  • 1 vanilla
  • 1,200 g. soft flour

  1. Beat the butter with the sugar at high speed until ‘fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the milk and eggs.
  3. Once homogenized slowly add the baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest (and the juice from the oranges) and vanilla.
  4. At low speed, or manually added portionwise flour.
  5. Divide the dough into equal parts and place in baking pan.
  6. Brush the vasilopita with one egg yolk with a bit of water and bake in preheated oven at 160 degrees for about 45 minutes!
  7. Happy new year to everyone!!!


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