Vasilopita the traditional New Year’s Eve Greek Cake. New year's eve is approaching and apart from the food and drink, the Vasilopita is the center of attention. Vasilopita pronounced vah-see-LO-pee-tah, is the Greek lucky new year's cake that has a coin hidden in it and is cut at midnight. It is tradition for each family to have their own vasilopita and a piece is cut for each family member.
After baking the cake, a coin is inserted through the base and when cut the person who finds the coin is said to be granted luck for the rest. We baked our Vasilopita a few hours ago, (added the coin) so this gives me plenty of time for cooking. This traditional Greek Cake is basically found on every Greek table on New Year's Eve. You can have Vasilopita the traditional New Year’s Eve Greek Cake using 10 ingredients and 8 steps. Here is how you cook that.
Ingredients of Vasilopita the traditional New Year’s Eve Greek Cake
- It’s 4 cups of shifted All Purpose Flour.
- It’s 2 cups of Sugar.
- Prepare 6 teaspoons of Baking Powder.
- Prepare 6 of Eggs.
- You need 250 grams of Butter.
- You need 1 1/2 cups of Milk.
- Prepare 2 of Vanilla powders or 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract.
- It’s 25 grams of Cognac 🙂 (optional).
- You need 125 grams of Almonds cut in half.
- Prepare of Sugar Powder for Topping.
My family cuts the Vasilopita once we give our best wishes to each other for the New Year a few minutes after the clock strikes midnight. Traditional Greek New Years Day bread. Served as a coffee cake for breakfast. On New Year's Day, Greek families cut the Vasilopita to bless the house and bring good luck for the new year.
Vasilopita the traditional New Year’s Eve Greek Cake instructions
- In a large bowl add in the shifted flour, sugar and baking powder..
- Add in the room temperature butter and Vanilla..
- Beat ingredients and slowly start to add in the eggs, and milk..
- Continue to beat and add in the almonds and cognac..
- In a buttered baking pan add 1 teaspoon of flour to cover the bottom and sides of the pan..
- Pre heat oven at 180 degrees…and pour batter into baking pan and bake for 50 minutes and until golden brown. Top with Sugar Powder and INDULGE!!! 🙂.
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Vasilopita is considered the Greek New Year's cake. We cut one piece for Saint Mary, one for Jesus, one for the house, one for the land, and then cut a piece for each family member. Melt the butter and beat on medium high with the mixer until light in color. A vasilopita is a traditional Greek cake or bread prepared and enjoyed to celebrate the New Year. Hidden inside the cake is a gold coin wrapped in foil and the family member who is fortunate.