Traditional Greek Vasilopita Recipe

Traditionally served at midnight on New Year's Eve the Greek Vasilopita is the best companion to your coffee or tea on your New Year's Day breakfast and if you are the one to find the coin inside it you will also be the luckiest one of all!

Vasilopita is a traditional Greek cake or bread served at midnight on New Year’s Eve to celebrate Saint Basil’s day (January 1st). Inside the Vasilopita there is always a coin or trinket.  When cut and served the person who finds the hidden coin is said to be granted luck for the rest of the year!

Γιορτινή Βασιλόπιτα με Αμύγδαλα

On New Year’s Day each family cuts their own Vasilopita to bless the house and bring good luck for the New Year. The Vasilopita is sliced for each member of the family and any visitors present by order of age from eldest to youngest. Slices are also cut for the Lord, St. Basil, the poor and the household.
The recipe you are going to find today on La Grèce J’aime is my family’s Vasilopita recipe with which we welcome the New Year. Hope you enjoy it!
Wishing you all a Happy New year!


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  1. 250g butter, at room temperature
  2. 200g sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 280g milk
  5. 80g almonds
  6. Zest of 2 lemons, unwaxed
  7. ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  8. ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  9. ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  10. 500g self raising flour, sifted
  11. Butter for the tin
  12. A handful of almond flakes
  1. Crush the almonds and blend them until they become a fine powder.
  2. In a bowl, beat the butter until fluffy. Add sugar and mix well.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time. Whish each egg separately in a different bowl before adding to the mixture.
  4. Add milk and lemon zest and mix well.
  5. Add flour slowly and mix with a rubber spatula.
  6. Add the almond powder you prepared earlier and mix well.
  7. Pour the mixture in a well butter and floured tin. Sprinkle the almond flakes on top.
  8. Bake in preheated oven at 180 C for about 45 minutes or until golden
  9. When baked, don't forget to insert a coin through the base for its lucky receiver!
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