The holidays are amazing times for us Greeks. We always come together with the entire family and celebrate Christmas (Xristouyenna) and New Years. As usually Food and Drink are the main focus during the holidays. We celebrate with both American dishes like prime rib and ham, but we always look forward to those amazing signature Greek dishes we only see once a year. Things like pastichio, Dolmathes and kreatopita (meat pie). As a child we looked forward to this cake and now my own children cannot wait on New Years day to cut into the Vasilopita.Vasilopita
is a cake or bread that is prepared for the New Year Vasilopita (Greek: Βασιλόπιτα, Vasilópita, lit. '(St.) Basil-pie' or 'king pie', see below) is a New Year's Day bread or cake that is baked with a coin in it and who ever gets it has good luck that year. I personally make my vasilopita as a cake and I cheat and put serval coins so more than one person has a chance to get the coin.
Recipe for Vasilopita
1 cup room temperature sweet butter 4 cups flour
2 cups sugar 4tsp. baking powder
6 eggs room temperature 1tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup warm milk
Powdered sugar for dusting the top of the cake
In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 3 to 4 minutes. Add vanilla In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time, alternating with the warm milk. Pour the mixture into a 14 inch buttered or sprayed round cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour. When done place on a cooling rack, make a small slit in the cake and place a wrapped quarter in foil and place into cake. Dust with powder sugar.