Vaselopita Recipe

"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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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk, lukewarm
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, or as needed
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    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a round 10-inch cake pan.
    2. 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.
    3. Stir baking powder into milk then stir into flour mixture. Mix soda and lemon juice; stir into batter. Pour batter into the greased pan.
    4. 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.
    5. 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

    Per Serving: 544 calories;24.1 g fat;74.1 g carbohydrates;9.4 g protein;162 mg cholesterol;345 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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