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Vasilopita (Greek New Year’s Bread)

Vasilopita, or Greek New Year's Bread, is a sweet yeasted egg bread scented with orange and traditionally served on New Year's day. A coin is hidden inside and whoever gets it has good luck for the year.

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Vasilopita, or Greek New Year’s Bread, is a sweet yeasted egg bread scented with orange and traditionally served on New Year’s day. A coin is hidden inside and whoever gets it has good luck for the year.

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  1. Dissolve yeast in one cup of warmed milk with one teaspoon sugar. Allow to double in volume for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together 7 cups of flour, the salt, and the 3/4 cups sugar in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center. When the yeast has finished doubling, add to the well in flour mixture, as well as olive oil, 4 beaten eggs, the rest of the milk, and the orange zest.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough is smooth.
  4. Turn dough out on a well floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed if the dough is too sticky.
  5. Place in an oiled bowl, turning once to coat the top. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  6. Punch dough down and divide into two portions. Knead each for a few minutes and place in two well-oiled 9-inch circular pans. Allow to rise until doubled in size for about one hour in a warm place.
  7. Using a very sharp knife or clean razor blade, carve decorative patterns into the top of each loaf, such as with lines radiating out from the center.
  8. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of each loaf with the remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 350 degrees F and bake for another 30 minutes or until the tops of each loaf turn a deep chestnut brown.
  10. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack after removing it. At this point, you can insert a clean coin into the bottom of the loaf using a toothpick or skinny knife to push it in.
  11. Cut into wedges and serve.

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Keywords: sweet bread, vasilopita, greek food, baking, bread, Mediterranean