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Vasilopita, Greek New Year's cake

Greece ● 15 December 2016
 

Vasilopita is a traditional cake or bread, which is served in Greece on New Year's Eve to celebrate the memory of Saint Basil. After the vasilopita is baked, a Greek custom is to insert a coin through its base. Then, the vasilopita is cut in pieces according to the members of each family, and the person, who finds the coin, is believed to have good luck for the rest of the year.

There is a great variety of recipes for this cake, which depend on the region and the selected dough, and almost every family has its own recipe. The recipe in this article is very popular and one of the simplest.

Vasilopita

Ingredients for the vasilopita

375 g. butter

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

salt

zest of 2 oranges

1/2 cup juice

200g. yoghourt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

750 g. flour


Ingredients for the glance

3 cups sugar

3 tbsps. hot water or milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract


Instructions

1. Separate egg whites from the yolks. Place the egg whites in an electrical mixer together with a pinch of salt. Whisk the eggs until the mixture is thick and the egg whites have turned into meringues. Place the mixture in a bowl and set aside.

2. Mix in the mixer the butter and the sugar for 20 minutes until the butter is creamy like whipped cream. While mixing, add the egg yolks, one at a time until each one is absorbed before adding another. Pour in the orange juice and the orange zest, the vanilla, the yoghourt, and then, mix to combine. Add 1/3 of the flour and 1/3 of the meringues (step 1), and blend with circular movements. Repeat with the rest of the flour and the meringue.

3. Preheat the oven at 200 C. Place the mixture in a cake tin, which is buttered, and turn the heat at 175 C. Bake the cake for 60 minutes until it is nicely coloured and cooked.

4. Let the vasilopita cool down and then, insert a coin, wrapped with aluminium foil, through its base.

5. Prepare the glaze. In a large bowl, add all its ingredients and blend with a spatula until the glaze is smooth and glossy. Cover the vasilopita with the glaze.

Enjoy and good luck!


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