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Old 12-13-2013, 02:06 PM
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Vasilopita is a sweet bread, and greeks have a tradition. When the year changes, we cut and serve the Vasilopita. Whoever has baked it, has put a medallion or a coin inside. When the Vasilopita is cut and served, the person who gets the coin is considered to be blessed for the new year. It's nice, especially for the kids
This recipe needs a lot of preparation. But the results are rewarding. I do it every New Year's Eve, to have the sweet bread for the first moments of the new year.
Enjoy!

Ingredients: (for a big Vasilopita)
1 packet active dry yeast
100 gr unsalted butter
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup warm milk (not hot)
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
a pinch of salt
zest of half an orange
1/2 tbsp Mahlab powder (Mahlepi) - it's a significant spice
a pinch gum mastic powder
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour or more
1 coin or medallion, wrapped in foil

sesame seeds and chopped almonds
1 egg beaten


1st mix :In a bowl, stir together the milk, yeast and 1/2 cup of flour. Cover it with a towel and let it rise in a warm place, until it is doubled in size, for about 1-2 hours.
2nd mix:Then put in a large bowl the flour, orange zest, Mahlab, Mastic powder, salt and mix it.
3rd mix: Then melt the butter and mix it with the sugar. The mix shouldn't be very hot.
In the large bowl where we had the flour mix, we combine the other 2 mixes into one. We mix thoroughly to make a thick dough. We leave the dough once again to rise in a warm place, for 1-2 hours.
After that, we brush a baking pan with melted butter and we place the dough. We insert the coin or medallion into the loaf. On top of the dough, we brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle with chopped almonds and whole sesame seeds.
Bake in preheated oven (180 C) , until golden brown, about 30-40 minutes.
It will look like this:


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Wow, it is a small world indeed! In my country we have a cake-like bread and we call it "pćo de Deus" translated it means "bread of God" and it's quite similar to your Vasilopitta!

We also have a similar tradition here but it's on Christmas, there is a cake called
"Bolo Rei", translated it means "King Cake" and it also has a little souvenir inside it and also a bean. A real fava bean to be specific and whoever finds this fava bean when eating the cake, will have to buy the "Bolo Rei" cake the following Christmas.
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Wow, it is a small world indeed! In my country we have a cake-like bread and we call it "pćo de Deus" translated it means "bread of God" and it's quite similar to your Vasilopitta!

We also have a similar tradition here but it's on Christmas, there is a cake called
"Bolo Rei", translated it means "King Cake" and it also has a little souvenir inside it and also a bean. A real fava bean to be specific and whoever finds this fava bean when eating the cake, will have to buy the "Bolo Rei" cake the following Christmas.
Aluz! Really?!The world is so small...! not only the tradition, but Vasilopita means king's pie or St. Basil's pie!
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Oh boy another recipe to try . I will make this for New Years as I am making a "special" Apple pie for Christmas .

Sadly in the US whoever got the coin would probably sue you because of it
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Oh boy another recipe to try . I will make this for New Years as I am making a "special" Apple pie for Christmas .

Sadly in the US whoever got the coin would probably sue you because of it
hahahaha! sue me? hahaha!
I have to tell you that one year before we cut the Vasilopitta, my grandma had an idea. We bet an amount of money each of us and the one who got the coin would take them all It was me that year! Lucky and blessed!
I am happy that you're gonna try it! I think you'll like it, Mahlab is one of my favourite spices!
and I wish you'll get the coin too
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What a great tradition! Although if you gave it to budgies it would have to be "Vasilopsitta" Thank you for sharing!
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What a great tradition! Although if you gave it to budgies it would have to be "Vasilopsitta" Thank you for sharing!
hahaha! maybe we have to make a recipe for our little friends and call it Vasilopsitta! with millet and apple pieces!
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hahaha! maybe we have to make a recipe for our little friends and call it Vasilopsitta! with millet and apple pieces!
Absolutely! Whoever finds the pellet has luck for all the year to come!
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Absolutely! Whoever finds the pellet has luck for all the year to come!
this is so good!! hahhahahhaha!!!!!
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