Traditional Greek New Year's Day recipe. Served as a coffee cake for breakfast. Each person in the family gets a slice starting with the youngest and progressing to the oldest. The person who receives the slice with the quarter in it will have good luck for the whole year!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 10-inch round cake
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • In a medium bowl, cream butter and 2 cups sugar until light; add flour and stir until mixture is mealy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg.

  • Stir baking powder into milk then stir into flour mixture. Mix soda and lemon juice; stir into batter. Pour batter into the greased pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with nuts and 1 tablespoon white sugar, then return to oven for 20 to 30 minutes longer, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  • Remove cake from the oven and gently cut a small hole in the middle. Place a quarter in the hole; cover the hole with powdered sugar. Cool cake on a rack for about 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a serving dish. Sift powdered over the top and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

544 calories; protein 9.4g 19% DV; carbohydrates 74.1g 24% DV; fat 24.1g 37% DV; cholesterol 162.4mg 54% DV; sodium 345.3mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
Delicious...I cooked in a 10" bundt pan and that worked well! This is a nice alternative to cake. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/07/2011
I really disliked the texture of this bread. And the egg taste was very strong. Everyone in my family felt the same. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
Delicious...I cooked in a 10" bundt pan and that worked well! This is a nice alternative to cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2006
This was excellent made it for brunch and it was praised a lot. Now I tinkered a lot with the recipe as I did not have time to choose something else for the meal and was out of ingredients YET this tasted GREAT.In case someone's in a circumstance like mine: THIS WORKS. Out of all purpose flour I substituted 50% whole wheat flour. Also halved this recipe as I wanted to make less. Added only one Tbs lemon juice and mixed everything with hand. Baked it in a 9"x 5" bread loaf pan.Inspite of all this this looked great and tasted like a wonderful coffee cake. Thanks a lot for this lovely recipe Paul. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/07/2011
I really disliked the texture of this bread. And the egg taste was very strong. Everyone in my family felt the same. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2011
This bread tasted just like sponge cake. Read More
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