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    Vasilopita (New Year Bread)

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    14 mins

    10 mins

    4 mins

    basia1's Note:

    Greek New Year Bread is traditionally cut at midnight on New Year's Eve. After baking, a coin is inserted through a slit in the base. The person who finds the coin will have luck in the New Year. Long ago the coin used to be a gold one, then later a silver coin was used. These could be incorporated into the dough before baking. Nowadays because of the nickel content of coins it is undesirable to bake a coin in the cake. From: "The Complete Middle East Cookbook" by Tess Mallos ISBN: 1 86302 069 1

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    loaf

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of the milk.
    2. 2
      Add remainder of milk, eggs, orange rind and sugar.
    3. 3
      Sift 3 cups flour, salt and spices into a warm bowl and make a wellin the centre.
    4. 4
      Pour in yeast mixture and stir to blend in flour, gradually adding warm melted butter.
    5. 5
      Mix dough with hands until it comes away from sides.
    6. 6
      Turn on to a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding remaining flour as required.
    7. 7
      Knead for 10 minutes.
    8. 8
      Place ball of dough in a clean bowl brushed with melted butter.
    9. 9
      Turn dough over to coat top with butter and cover bowl with a cloth or plastic wrap.
    10. 10
      Leave to prove (rise) in a warm place until doubled in bulk.
    11. 11
      Punch down and turn on to lightly floured surface.
    12. 12
      Knead lightly and shape into a round loaf.
    13. 13
      Place on a large greased baking sheet or in a greased 10 inch deep cake tin.
    14. 14
      Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
    15. 15
      Glaze with well-beaten egg and arrange blanched almonds in numbers to denote the New Year, pressing in lightly.
    16. 16
      Bake in a moderately hot oven for 45 minutes until golden brown and cooked when tested.
    17. 17
      If bread browns too quickly place a piece of greased brown paper on top.
    18. 18
      Cool on a wire rack.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 05, 2007

      55

      My Greek mother chose this recipie and she says that it's the best she's ever had. I agree! Loved it!

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    • on January 27, 2006

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    • on January 02, 2006

      55

      I used an AMB to prepare the dough. What wonderful flavors! Had an interesting time trying to grind the whole mastica. ;)

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    Nutritional Facts for Vasilopita (New Year Bread)

    Serving Size: 1 (1250 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 3874.4
     
    Calories from Fat 1114
    28%
    Total Fat 123.8 g
    190%
    Saturated Fat 69.6 g
    348%
    Cholesterol 1013.6 mg
    337%
    Sodium 1782.0 mg
    74%
    Total Carbohydrate 594.0 g
    198%
    Dietary Fiber 18.1 g
    72%
    Sugars 152.0 g
    608%
    Protein 93.2 g
    186%

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    masticha

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