Saturday, 30 December 2017

Vasilopita ...

Time to make the Vasilopita - New years cake ...

Have you ever made Vasilopita -New Years Eve Greek cake? Its also known as Saint Basil's cake.

Hopefully my mate Basil is going to make one. Well unless you are on the island, or have visited over the new year then its highly unlikely. There is still time for him to bake one and you too! You can find all the ingredients in your local supermarket this weekend.

INGREDIENTS

125g butter
200g caster sugar
3 large eggs
375g flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
Zest and juice (185ml) of 2 oranges
Icing sugar, for dusting
Toasted flaked almonds, to decorate

Equipment:
1 x 23cm round cake tin

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180C (170C fan-forced). Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. In two bowls, separate the egg yolks and whites. Slowly incorporate the yolks into the butter and sugar mixture, beating after each one. Beat until very fluffy and creamy (at least 10 minutes).

In a separate bowl, sieve the flour and baking powder. Add the baking soda into the orange juice so it fizzes. Fold a little into the creamed butter mixture. Then add a little of the sifted flour and baking powder and gently fold into the mixture. Repeat until you have incorporated everything into the mixture. Gently fold in the orange zest.

In a clean and dry mixing bowl (no traces of oil or water) whisk the egg whites into firm peaks. Finally, very gently fold the egg whites into the mixture. Pour into a greased 23cm round cake tin. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Don’t open the oven before 30 minutes, as it may cause the cake to deflate.

Leave the cake to cool a bit in the tin before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar and use the flaked almonds to write the new year (i.e. 2018).

You can find some more variations on this link ...

PS: Its the done thing to hide a coin in the mix for good luck for the recipient. Or their trip to the dentist next week if they bite on it ...

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