Due to the date we thought another recipe would be in order: Vasilopita. It is the cake every family in Greece cuts for good luck in the New Year on Saint Basil's day, the 1st of January. A coin called "flouri" is hidden in the cake by slipping it into the dough before baking.
At midnight the sign of the cross is etched with a knife across the cake. A piece of cake is sliced for each member of the family and any visitors present at the time, by order of age from eldest to youngest. Slices are also cut for various symbolic people or groups, depending on local and family tradition. Our family for instance includes Jesus Christ, the Holy Mother and our household. Whoever gets the coin in his slice, is the person who receives the best of luck for the New Year. It’s common to give money or a gift to this person as well.
Here is what you need:
250 g butter at room temperature
250 g crystal sugar
4 eggs (200 g) room temperature
200 ml milk 3.5% fat
400 g self-rising flour
100 g ground walnuts
icing sugar and cocoa powder for serving
And here is what you have to do:
- Preheat the oven to 170°C.
- Pour the butter, the sugar and the eggs into a bowl and with a mixer knock the wire well until the butter is soft, 2-3 minutes.
- Add the larger part of the flour and stir again before you pour the milk as well.
- In a small blender ground the walnuts, add them to the bowl and knock in the bin at low speed.
- The dough needs to be thick like usually cake is, you may need to add the rest of the flour.
- We very well butter the form you want to bake the vasilopita in and pour the mixture there for our cake and spread well with a spatula.
- Before baking in the oven don't forget the most important ingredient: the coin "flouri", can you imagine nobody will find good luck in your Vasilopita??
- Bake in the oven for 60 minutes on the middle grill and prepare the decoration. I usually have my daughter cutting out the numbers for the new year.
- Decorate as you wish, we have used icing sugar and cocoa powder to write the upcoming year on the cake.
This is the recipe we use in our house for many years now, we hope you enjoy! The best of luck and happiness for you, your families and your loved ones. May the new year bring only joy and laughter to your homes!