Vasilopita is a traditional cake or bread that we make on New Years Day every year. This year I made Vasilopita in my Thermomix. The coin was found in between my piece of cake and my husband’s piece of cake but he claimed it and said he was the winner. I hope that it brings good luck to everyone who found the lucky Vasilopita coin.
Vasilopita Thermomix Recipe
This year I used a recipe from Chrystalla Tzaneros to make Vasilopita in my Thermomix. Chrystalla is a good friend of mine and she is also a Thermomix Consultant. You can find Chrystalla’s Vasilopita recipe on the Recipe Community (abbreviated as the RC) as well as other Greek recipes including amygthalota and koulouria.
UPDATE: Since writing this blog post in 2016, Chrystalla and I have become business partners and we now have our own cookbook! Please visit our blog if you have a Thermomix and you like Greek food: Fayi Cookbooks
- 250g soft butter
- 375g white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 125g orange juice
- 125g milk
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 440g SR. Flour
- 10g brandy (optional)
- a gold coin
- foil to wrap the gold coin
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees, line a cake tin and wrap a gold coin in foil.
- Put butter, sugar, eggs, juice, zest, milk and vanilla in to Thermomix bowl and beat for 3 min / speed 6
- Add remaining ingredients and blend for 10 sec / speed 8
- Pour into prepared cake tin, drop the coin in the batter and cook for 40-50 mins until a skewer comes out clean.
- You can leave out the milk and just substitute more orange juice to make this recipe dairy free.
- Zest your own orange by peeling and mining with sugar at the beginning in a dry bowl.
- Make this cake on New Years Day. Whoever gets the piece with the coin will have good luck for the year.
- When peeling your oranges avoid as much of the white pith as possible. The zest should come from the skin of the oranges and the white part can make the cake taste bitter.
- Decorate your vasilopita any way you like. Use icing sugar, almonds or icing. Some people use a stencil to the year on the cake.
- Normally there is only 1 gold coin in the cake. However this year it was my little boy’s first New Years celebration so we put in an extra coin for him.
Greek Traditions For New Years Day
I write about Greek Traditions (on my other blog) and you can read more information about Vasilopita here:
- The Orthodox Reason Why You Should Not Call Vasilopita “The New Years Day Bread”
- How To Cut Vasilopita – The New Years Bread
- Greek Cooking Challenge Recipe 1: Vasilopita
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