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Happy New Year Cake
Happy New Year Cake
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Greece has a lovely tradition of baking a special cake for the New Year, to start things off right! It’s called a “Vasilopita”. Those who follow the tradition strictly hide a golden lira coin in the bottom of the cake but any coin will do. They cut the cake into slices on New Year’s Day, naming each slice as they cut it, after everyone in the family and friends. Whoever is lucky enough to get the coin in their slice has a very lucky year!! Try it with your familyand friends! I'm even giving you a choice of 2 different kinds of New Year's Cakes! A New Year Cake and a New Year Sweetbread Cake.

For the New Year Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 180* C (350*F) Fan.
  • In a mixer, beat the butter and icing sugar, with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Stop beating and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat for another 5 minutes. (It is important that the butter is at room temperature. The softer it is the fluffier your mixture will be.)
  • While you are waiting, add the remaining ingredients from the 1st mixture (apart from the orange zest) and beat them in a blender along with a tablespoon of sugar, until they become powdery. When ready, add the orange zest and mix.
  • Add this powdery mixture to the mixer and beat on low speed.
  • Add all the ingredients from the 2nd mixture, in batches. Release the mixing bowl and add the ingredients from the 3rd mixture. Mix with a large spoon.
  • Grease a round 25 cm spring form baking pan and dust with flour. Transfer the batter to the baking pan.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  • When ready, remove from oven and dust with icing sugar and serve!
  • If you would like to follow the Greek tradition, wrap a coin and place it somewhere in the cake before you bake it! It will be a Lucky New Year for whichever family member or friend finds it in their slice!!

For the New Year Sweetbread Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 180* C (350*F) Fan.
  • Beat the mastic, 1 tablespoon sugar, mahlab and cardamom in a food processor until very finely ground down into a powder.
  • In a mixer, add the water, milk, yeast, the remaining sugar and the finely ground mastic mixture. Beat and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Then add the flour, eggs and the orange zest (from 1 orange). Beat for 15 minutes with the hook attachment on medium speed.
  • Add the butter and beat for 1 more minute. (The butter should be at room temperature. If you forget to soften it, melt it and add it.)
  • The mixture will turn out quite runny but don’t let this worry you. This is the secret to getting a moist and fluffy sweet bread.
  • Grease a 25 cm cake pan with butter and dust with flour. Transfer mixture to the cake pan. Cover with plastic wrap and allow it to rise for 1-1 ½ hours.
  • If you choose to add the lucky coin, add it now!
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Insert the blade of a knife and if it comes out dry and clean it is ready. If it is not ready by this time, cover with aluminum foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  • When ready, remove from oven. Allow the cake to cool completely. Pour the ganache over it and serve.

For the ganache:

  • In a bowl, add the dark chocolate couverture and heavy. Heat them in the microwave for 1-1 ½ minutes set at 800 watts. You can also use a bain marie to do this. When ready, stir to combine. You want the ganache to be quite thick.

 

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Send me pictures of whichever New Year’s Cake you make. I’ll be waiting!
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