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Vasilopita

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"The Vasilopita is a Greek New Year's Bread. It is made in honor of a beautiful act of charity by St. Basil to the poor and needy of his flock. In order to ensure that the needy would have money for life's necessities, and knowing that they were also proud people, St. Basil had the ladies of his church bake sweet bread with coins baked into them. In this way he could give them money without demeaning them at all. It is therefore traditional to bake a coin into the Vasilopita (St. Basil's Bread). The one who receives the coin is considered to be especially blessed for the year."
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Ingredients

3 h 10 m servings 339 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 large loaf)

Directions

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  1. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup milk, yeast and 1/2 cup flour. Cover and let the sponge rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  2. Place 6 cups flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the sponge, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 3/4 cup melted butter, 3 eggs and 2 cups milk. Mix thoroughly to make a stiff dough.
  3. Transfer the dough into a greased springform pan. Brush dough with melted butter, cover with greased plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 60 to 90 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash.
  5. When dough has risen, insert a clean silver coin into the loaf. Brush dough egg wash and sprinkle with chopped almonds. Bake in preheated oven until deep golden brown, about 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 339 calories; 27.2 g fat; 18 g carbohydrates; 7.5 g protein; 152 mg cholesterol; 355 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Makes good bread and wonderful toast! Had a bit of trouble with the recipe, because the first part instructs you to put milk, yeast and some flour to rise, but then it doesn't specifically ...

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I prefer cake-y, not bready, vasilopita. But I decided to give this recipe a try anyways, just to try something different. Boy, was that a mistake! When making this recipe, I kept thinking, "T...

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Makes good bread and wonderful toast! Had a bit of trouble with the recipe, because the first part instructs you to put milk, yeast and some flour to rise, but then it doesn't specifically ...

great sweet taste. also, really convenient b/c you don't have to knead it. the texture leaves a little to be desired, but the taste makes up for it. the only problem is that this needs to be ...

I used 1 tablespoon of yeast, 3/4 cups of milk, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind, 1teaspoon almond extract, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 4 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnam...

I prefer cake-y, not bready, vasilopita. But I decided to give this recipe a try anyways, just to try something different. Boy, was that a mistake! When making this recipe, I kept thinking, "T...

Pretty simple recipe to follow. 40 minutes bake time was more like 60 to get the inside baked though.

It was very easy to make. I am gifting this to a local restaurant owner with best wishes for a happy and healthy new year. I just thought it would be nice to have someone serve them something (t...

Delicious , came light and fluffy and tasty!!!!

Made the recipe as is and it was a huge hit! Just the right amount of sweetness. Perfect recipe and will be making again! Thank you.

This is a nice lightly sweet bread. Agree with others.. use 13X9 pan or be prepared for a mess in your oven. The texture is between a pound cake and a bread.. everyone enjoyed this