Vaselopita - Greek New Years Cake

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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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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 to 10 - inch round pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 6 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ cup blanched slivered almonds

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

Directions

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

447 Calories
20g Fat
61g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 447
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 135mg 45%
Sodium 287mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 119mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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