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New Year's Pie or Vasilopita or Santa Claus Pie

Updated on January 23, 2016

New Year Pie with orange liqueur

The recipe I will share with you today is my favorite recipe for New Year Pie or Vasilopita as it is called in Greece. Vasilopita means St. Basil's Pie, or Santa Claus Pie, because in Greece, Santa Claus is Saint Basil and St. Basil's day is on the 1st of January! So Vasilopita or New Year's pie is made to celebrate the New Year. Tradition says that you should put a gold coin in the dough before baking it and on New Year's Eve the whole family sits round the table and the man of the house cuts the pie in as many slices as there are people, adding a piece for the house, one for Jesus Christ and maybe one for beloved missing persons. The person who gets the piece with the coin will supposedly be particularly lucky and healthy for the coming year.

So here is my special New Year's Pie recipe. It is slightly different than most usual recipes for Vasilopita, because contrary to most, it is made with orange and orange liqueur, which gives it a very special taste.

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My recipe for vasilopita

1 kgr white all purpose flour

300 ml milk

1 packet of dry yeast

5 tbs orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)

zest of 2 oranges

33o gr sugar

220 gr butter

1 pinch of salt

5 eggs plus one egg yolk

a few almonds

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How do you make vasilopita

In a large mixing bowl mix the butter, salt, yeast, sugar, eggs (beaten), orange zest and orange liqueur. Mix thoroughly and start adding the flour and milk little by little, while mixing. When the dough is ready and stops sticking to the bowl, shape it into a ball, cover it with a kitchen towel and leave it aside, in a warm place to rise and double in size.

Knead again, shape into a ball and if you are planning to do so, push a coin (it certainly doesn't have to be gold, most people use one euro or dollar coins) into the dough. Place the ball on a well oiled baking sheet which you have sprinkled with a little flour, to prevent the dough from sticking on the surface. Flatten and shape the pie with your hands, cover it and let it rise again for about one hour.

Lightly beat the egg yolk and brush it on the surface of the pie. Cut the almonds in small pieces and decorate the pie. You might write "Happy New Year" or "Happy 2013" or something similar. Preheat the oven and bake the pie on the middle shelf, at 170 degrees Celsius for approximately one hour. Let it cool on a rack.

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      poutine 

      5 years ago

      Never tasted it.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I've never had cosmopolitan. It sounds delicious!

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      mrsclaus411 

      5 years ago

      I think that tastes delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      marsha32 

      6 years ago

      It sounds very good

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