Vasilopita for 2013


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Every year during New Year’s Eve, Greek housewives make the vasilopita. Vasilopita is a either a cake or a tsoureki and is a custom that comes from the very early Christian years.

Just after the coming of the New Year or the next day the Chief of the family cuts the vasilopita. The person, who makes this pie, puts a coin inside the pie and whoever wins the coin is the lucky person of the year.

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Story says that when Saint Basil was the bishop in Cappadocia in Asia Minor, a Roman Prefect wanted to conquer the place. Saint Basil gathered all the wealth of the people lived in there, so as to give it as ransom to the Romans, in order not to loot the area. But either because the Prefect had second thoughts, or because of God’s intervention, the place stayed intact. Saint Basil of course didn’t know which item belonged to each person, so he ordered people to make pies and he put all the jewelry and valuable things inside them and distributed them among the community members.

Each year I try a new recipe and so far all my attempts were very successful. You can check my other vasilopitas here and here. This year I decided to make it as a tsoureki, which is a sweet bread similar to the Jewish challah. I took the recipe from the Crete’s Mills a company that makes flour.

I am showing you these photos of the vasilopita, but I have no idea how it tastes. I will let you know in my next post. All I can tell you is that, while it was baking, it smelled heavenly.

I am submitting this to World on a Plate which, for this month, has as a theme an auspicious food for a prosperous year.

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World on a plate is a blogging cultural exchange established by Pola. On the last Sunday of the month, bloggers who participate in this event team, from all over the world get together to interpret a food through the lens of their home country cooking. Each blogger will produce a wonderful dish featuring the food chosen that is typical of her/his home country and will tell us a bit about the dish

 

So let’s go and make this!

 

Vasilopita for 2013

Ingredients

550 gr. /1.2 lb. flour for bread, shifted. It may need 50 gr. /1.7 oz.  more depending on the weather

150 gr. /5 oz. sugar

15 gr. /2 tbsp dry yeast

100 gr. /3.5 oz. milk, scalded

3 eggs

6 tears of mastic, powdered

5 gr. /1 tsp mahlepi, powdered

1 tsp salt

1 egg whisked with a 2 tbsp of milk

White almonds for decorating it

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Instructions

In a bowl we add the 50 gr. /1.7 oz. of sugar, the yeast, the scalded milk, and 2 tbsp of flour and let it rise for about 15 minutes.

In the mixer we put the rest of the ingredients except the whisked egg and the almonds.

Throw the risen yeast and start kneading with the mixer’s hook.

Slowly, slowly start adding the flour until we get a somewhat sticky dough.

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Take it out of the mixer and knead it for a minute with your hands covered with oil.

Put it in a bowl and let it rise in a warm place for one and half hour.

Butter well a round pan.

Take the dough and knead for a minute.

Add a coin covered with aluminum foil and incorporate it in the dough.

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Put the dough in the pan and stress it with your hands to cover the bottom of it.

Let it stay for 30 minutes.

Take the whisked egg and brush the vasilopita’s surface.

Take the almonds and form the number 2013.

Bake in a preheated oven at 170° C/345° F for 30 to 35 minutes or until the surface is golden brown.

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5.0 from 8 reviews

Vasilopita for 2013
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 550 gr. /1.2 lb. flour for bread, shifted. It may need 50 gr. /1.7 oz. more depending on the weather
  • 150 gr. /5 oz. sugar
  • 15 gr. /2 tbsp dry yeast
  • 100 gr. /3.5 oz. milk, scalded
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tears of mastic, powdered
  • 5 gr. /1 tsp mahlepi, powdered
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg whisked with a 2 tbsp of milk
  • White almonds for decorating it

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a bowl we add the 50 gr. /1.7 oz. of sugar, the yeast, the scalded milk, and 2 tbsp of flour and let it rise for about 15 minutes.
  2. In the mixer we put the rest of the ingredients except the whisked egg and the almonds.
  3. Throw the risen yeast and start kneading with the mixer’s hook.
  4. Slowly, slowly start adding the flour until we get a somewhat sticky dough.
  5. Take it out of the mixer and knead it for a minute with your hands covered with oil.
  6. Put it in a bowl and let it rise in a warm place for one and half hour.
  7. Butter well a round pan.
  8. Take the dough and knead for a minute.
  9. Add a coin covered with aluminum foil and incorporate it in the dough.
  10. Put the dough in the pan and stress it with your hands to cover the bottom of it.
  11. Let it stay for 30 minutes.
  12. Take the whisked egg and brush the vasilopita’s surface.
  13. Take the almonds and form the number 2013.
  14. Bake in a preheated oven at 170° C/345° F for 30 to 35 minutes or until the surface is golden brown.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe from Crete Mills

5.0 from 8 reviews

Βασιλόπιτα για το 2013
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Γλυκό

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • Αλεύρι σκληρό για τσουρέκι (κοσκινισμένο): 550 – 600 γρ.
  • Ζάχαρη: 200 γρ.
  • Μαγιά: 45 γρ. νωπή ή 15 γρ. ξηρή
  • Γάλα φρέσκο (χλιαρό): 100 γρ.
  • Αυγά: 3
  • Βούτυρο (μαλακό): 125 γρ.
  • Μαστίχα κοπανισμένη: 6 δάκρυα
  • Μαχλέπι: 5 γρ.
  • Αλάτι: 2,5 γρ.
  • 1 αυγό χτυπημένο με λίγο γάλα (για την επικάλυψη)
  • Αμύγδαλα φιλέ (για τη διακόσμηση)

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Βάζουμε σε ένα μπολ 50 γρ. από τη ζάχαρη, τη μαγιά, το γάλα χλιαρό, λίγο από το αλεύρι, ανακατεύουμε και αφήνουμε να φουσκώσει.
  2. Στο μίξερ βάζουμε τα υπόλοιπα υλικά, προσθέτουμε τη μαγιά που έχει φουσκώσει και ζυμώνουμε προσθέτοντας το αλεύρι σταδιακά, μέχρι να πάρουμε μια ζύμη ελαφρώς κολλώδη.
  3. Αφήνουμε τη ζύμη σκεπασμένη σε ζεστό περιβάλλον να φουσκώσει για μιάμιση ώρα περίπου.
  4. Ξαναδουλεύουμε ελαφρώς τη ζύμη με λαδωμένα χέρια και βάζουμε μέσα ένα νόμισμα.
  5. Τη μεταφέρουμε σε βουτυρωμένο ταψί και την πατάμε με την παλάμη μας.
  6. Αφήνουμε πάλι σε ζεστό περιβάλλον για άλλα 30 λεπτά να φουσκώσει.
  7. Με ένα πινέλο αλείφουμε προσεκτικά την επιφάνειά της βασιλόπιτας με το μίγμα αυγού και διακοσμούμε με τα αμύγδαλα.
  8. Ψήνουμε σε προθερμασμένο φούρνο στους 170 C για 30 – 35 λεπτά μέχρι να ροδίσει.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή από τους Μύλους Κρήτης

 



42 Responses to Vasilopita for 2013

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  1. I truly enjoy traditional recipes from all over the world, and thank you for sharing Katerina! The cake top is nice golden color and looks delicious!

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  3. A great traditional side with a lot of history behind it. We do the hidden bean or object on January 6th…the day the 3 kings supposedly arrived to see baby Jesus. Looks wonderful. Happy New Year!

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  5. Zoe says:

    Happy 2013 to you and your family! I love cooking cuisine with lots of cultural background and vasilopita is a new recipe I learn today. Very nice!

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  7. Raymund says:

    Very interesting, I love traditional dishes like this. Definitely this has a lot of story to tell.

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  9. Katerina, I was reading a book just recently and a woman told a story of her family. There was a lot of vasilopita, and how they made it, and more stories around it. Vasilopita is a national meal indeed! :) Happy New Year and Christmas (it’s coming on the 7th, and we are celebrating it on the 7th too) :)
    Now, Let me see if I can post this comment…

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  11. grace says:

    this is so festive, katerina! what a great way to ring in the new year. :)

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  13. Λίλα says:

    Eύχομαι από καρδιάς καλή χρονιά, με υγεία, αγάπη, ευτυχία. Να είναι καλύτερη από την προηγούμενη και να μας φέρει αυτό που μας αξίζει!
    Και φυσικά πολλές, πολλές υπέροχες δημιουργίες!!!

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  15. kiki says:

    Και του χρόνου Κατερίνα! Καλή χρονιά!

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  17. Margarita says:

    i love new year traditions and this is an interesting one. we have tons of traditions in the philippines and one of my favorites is collecting 12 circular shaped fruits to signify abundance in the new year!

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  19. I love food traditions. These are the things that keep us all so well connected with our heritage. I can’t wait to hear how it tastes. I will have to try it!

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  21. Faith says:

    What a beautiful treat and lovely tradition for the New Year! It looks absolutely delicious. I hope your New Year is off to a fabulous start, my friend.

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  23. mjskit says:

    I love traditional recipes and the stories behind them! Thanks for sharing this. I was not familiar with vasilopita. It looks delicious and you know that if it smelled good that it’s going to taste good! Happy New Year!!!!

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  25. Se ve irresistible muy rico..¡¡Feliz Año Nuevo lleno de paz y amor!!…abrazos y abrazos.

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  27. Happy New Year. I’m sure your beautiful cake was delicious.

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  29. muppy says:

    sounds super interesting recipe, would love to try it

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  31. Thanks for sharing this fabulous bread with us. Have a Prosperous New Year!

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  33. mari says:

    Υπέροχο το τσουρέκι βασιλόπιτα, και του χρόνου να είσαι καλά.
    Καλή χρονιά, χρόνια πολλά, με υγεία!!
    Φιλιά πολλά

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  35. Susan says:

    What a wonderful tradition and so interesting to read about the background and history of it! Happy New Year and I hope you find the coin :)

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  37. Joanne says:

    My boyfriend and I were actually just talking about this tradition! Your loaf looks great. Happy new year!

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  39. Kathy says:

    Katrina, This bread looks wonderful, simply beautiful…Happy New Year!

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  41. Ambreen says:

    Happy New Year, Katerina! What a lovely way to welcome the new year, gorgeous bread! I’m sure this tastes as good as it looks :)

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  43. Z. says:

    Ευτυχισμένος ο Καινούριος Χρόνος Κατερίνα μου!

    Z.

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  45. What a lovely cake! Wishing you a very Happy New Year. Just wanted to let you know, I’ve received the glove and mitten set. It’s so lovely, thank you!

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  47. Reeni says:

    I love this tradition! So fun. The cake is beautiful. Happy New Year! Wishing you and your family the best for the upcoming year Katerina.

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  49. I love this bread with the fragrance of mastic! it reminds me a bit of the bread we get after church on sunday in the villages. Wishing you a wonderful New Year Katerina!

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  51. I remember you sharing this story in years past and I’ve loved the history of it every time. Tradition is so important, isn’t it? I wish your family a wonderful and healthy New Year!

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  53. Sutapa says:

    Thanks for sharing such traditional dishes like vasilopita….looks amazing!
    I wish you the best year you’ve ever had,
    Happiness keeps you sweet
    Success keeps you glowing and
    God keeps you going.
    May you and all your loved ones have a greatest 2013 !<3 :)

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  55. Κατερίνα ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος! Εύχομαι για εσάς και την οικογένειά σας υγεία, χαρά και ευημερία. Η βασιλόπιτα φαίνεται καταπληκτικό!

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  57. What a lovely traditional New Year’s loaf! It looks very good – perfectly golden.

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  59. Claire says:

    What a wonderful tradition! I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year full of peace and love and joy :)

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  61. Rita says:

    This should looks wonderful and festive. I went to visit World on a plate; love this idea and I love to learn about how each nationality celebrates and enjoy their food.
    Wishing you happiness and health for you and your wonderful family in 2013.

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  63. Ola says:

    I hope it will taste perfectly, as good as it looks:)
    Happy New Year!

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  65. Pela says:

    πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα η ιστορία, δεν την ήξερα!
    καλή χρονιά Κατερινάκι μου με υγεία και ευτυχία! ααααααα! και καλοφάγωτη η βασιλόπιτα!
    φιλιά πολλά!

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  67. What a wonderful tradition – and cake! Delicious. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us and happy new year!

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  69. Fantastic cake for the new year!

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  71. Jeannie says:

    What a lovely story…I to love to read about another country’s traditional food:) Your cake looks delicious! I wish I could see the inside!

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  73. Nadji says:

    J’adore les recettes accompagnées d’histoires. Je suivrai ta vasilopita et je suis sure qu’elle est réussie.
    Je te souhaite, ainsi qu’aux tiens, une excellente année 2013.
    Happy new year my friend and see soon

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  75. Julie says:

    How interesting! Love the 2013 on the top. Happy New Year!!!

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  77. Ξανθή says:

    Και του χρόνου Κατερίνα με Υγεία!!
    Αυτή τη συνταγή την έχω κα΄νει δυο φορές σε τσουρέκι για τα παιδιά μου τα ξενιτεμένα!!
    Πολλά φιλιά και καλή Πρωτοχρονιά.

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  79. Μarion says:

    Και του χρόνου Κατερίνα μου.
    Πολύ ωραία βασιλόπιτα και με ωραία μυρωδικά. Μαστίχα και μαχλέπι δίνουν απίστευτο άρωμα.

    Καλή Πρωτοχρονιά να έχετε και μια καλή χρονιά, με υγεία, ηρεμία και χαρά στο σπίτι σου.

    ΦΙλιά πολλά :)

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  81. What a beautiful and festive yeast cake!
    Happy New Year!

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  83. Sissi says:

    Katerina, I love to discover such national recipes especially when they are linked to stories and/or legends. The coin reminds me of the way the French put a small ceramic figurine in their Kings’ Pie (Galette des Rois) prepared for Epiphany. I am sure you would love this almond soft cake with puff pastry around (I have posted it last year). Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I’m sure the cake tastes heavenly.
    Happy New Year!

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