It is almost New Year’s Eve!! Like many, I am looking forward to 2021 and what it may bring (and more importantly, the end of 2020). One Greek tradition on New Year’s Day is a Vasilopita.
Vasilopita is associated with the legend of Saint Basil and the Vasilopita is a New Year’s Day bread or cake where a coin is hidden inside. It is believed that whoever receives the piece with the coin inside will be blessed with good fortune for that year. Considering how 2020 has went, I am sure we are all hoping to receive the piece with that coin.
I have seen a few takes on the traditional Vasilopita and was inspired by 54thirty’s recent Instagram post where they made Vasilopita cookies. Here is my modern take on the traditional recipe.
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened at room temperature
1 1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking soda
powdered sugar (to sprinkle on top after cooking)
coin & aluminum foil
mini-cupcake liners & cupcake tray
Wash and dry your coin and cover in a small piece of aluminum foil. You will need this to add into one of the mini-cupcakes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place cupcake liners in your tray to prepare.
In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy smooth consistency.
Add the vanilla extract, orange juice and orange zest. Beat all together until smooth.
In a separate bowl, beat your eggs and then add them into the large bowl of wet mixture/batter. Beat until smooth.
In a separate bowl, add your flour and baking powder together. Slowly add this into the wet mixture/batter. You will only want to beat until it is mixed together.
Pour your batter into the mini-cupcake liners. You will only fill them about 1/2 to 3/4 full. This is when you will add the coin to one of the cupcakes. Optional: If you would like, top each cupcake with an almond.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until you can poke them with a toothpick and it comes out clean.
Allow them to cool and then sprinkle them with powdered sugar.