Traditional Greek New Years Day bread. Served as a coffee cake for breakfast. Also the person who receives the quarter inside gets good luck for 1 year!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 10 inch round cake pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light. Stir in the flour and mix until the mixture is mealy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Combine the baking powder and milk, add to the egg mixture, mix well. Then combine the lemon juice and baking soda, stir into the batter. Pour into the prepared cake pan.

  • Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and sprinkle the nuts and sugar over the cake, then return it to the oven for 20 to 30 additional minutes, until cake springs back to the touch. Gently cut a small hole in the cake and place a quarter in the hole. Try to cover the hole with sugar. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate.

  • Serve cake warm. Each person in the family gets a slice starting with the youngest. The person who gets the quarter in their piece, gets good luck for the whole year!

Nutrition Facts

446.7 calories; 7.7 g protein; 61.2 g carbohydrates; 135.3 mg cholesterol; 286.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2007
Fantastic recipe!I am greek living in Athens was looking for a new vassilopita recipe and tried this one...my husband said it is the best he ever had my children loved it it was consumed on the spot even after a rich new year's dinner! I topped it with our favorite creem cheese frosting and wrote on top of it 2007 as is the tradition using mini m m's.Should have taken a picture! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/22/2008
This is definitely an old world recipe. The cake is a coarse texture and is not sweet like you expect a cake to be. Read More
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68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2007
Fantastic recipe!I am greek living in Athens was looking for a new vassilopita recipe and tried this one...my husband said it is the best he ever had my children loved it it was consumed on the spot even after a rich new year's dinner! I topped it with our favorite creem cheese frosting and wrote on top of it 2007 as is the tradition using mini m m's.Should have taken a picture! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
An Excellent rich dense cake. This is great for a hostess gift. I topped mine with sugared pecans and baked in a springform pan to enhance presentation. Also I extended the baking time by 15 minutes. Got great reviews from all who tried it. Definitley a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2002
This recipe was really delicious. The only change I would make would be to bake it longer. When I followed the baking time in the recipe the center came out raw. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2002
This receipe was good. Infact it tastes better the second day. I had no problem with the baking time that the receipe called for. I didn't put the quarter in. Also after I inverted the cake on the cake rack I inverted again to a cake plate so the nut sugar mixture was showing on top. What a nice presentation. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/22/2008
This is definitely an old world recipe. The cake is a coarse texture and is not sweet like you expect a cake to be. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2007
My teacher is Greek and brought this in to celebrate the new year. My friend got the quarter but I still ate the cake! It was really good and apparently kid friendly. I might have to make this for my family! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2008
Made this potential family annual tradition in a springform pan which eliminated the tricky inversion process. Also substituted a whole almond for the lucky quarter (which would have required pre-santitizing). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2005
I served this for our New Year's brunch. It looked pretty and we all really enjoyed it. My 10 inch pans were on loan so I baked it in a tube pan for a total of 50 minutes. If you are expecting a sweet fluffy dessert cake don't make this however if you appreciate a firm not-too-sweet European cake this recipe is for you. My Greek husband says you need to cut a piece for Saint Basil! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2008
Made this cake for New Year's gifts for neighbors and it was fantastic! I used two 6" round pans and it looked just beautiful. Bake time was still about the same although I did the sugar/almonds at about 18 minutes instead of 20 so they would stick better. Thought sliced almonds looked prettier than slivered as the recipe listed. Enjoy! Read More
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