New Year's  Cake
  (Vasilopita)
 
     
  This cake is served on the arrival of the New Year.

Tradition says that whoever finds the coin in the cake will have good luck all year.

Ingredients

1 lb strong plain flour
1 sachet of instant dried yeast
2oz slightly salted butter
tspn salt
5oz sugar
2 eggs
8oz warm milk
1 tspn mexlepi

 
  Method

Use the dough hook on the food processor.

  1. Grind the mexlepi to a powder.
  2. Place all the dry ingredients into a food processor and mix for one minute.
  3. Add the beaten eggs and warm milk and knead for a few minutes. The dough should not be sticking to the bowl.
  4. Place on a floured surface and shape into a round ball.
  5. Roll the dough with a rolling pin to about 1-inch thickness, maintaining a round shape.
  6. Place on a greased tray and cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm place for 1 hour until doubled in size.
  7. Brush the surface with beaten egg and sugar. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  8. Bake in a hot oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  9. When cool, insert a coin wrapped in tin foil in the base of the vasilopitta.
  10. The cake is divided into the number of people in the family plus one more for the house. Each person chooses one piece. Good luck will come to the person who finds it.

 

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