Greek Easy New Year’s Cake (Vasilopitta)

Posted On December 3, 2006

Filed under Hellenic Food

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Ingredients >
4 cups, sifted flour
6 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
grated lemon rind
confectioner’s or powdered sugar

Method >
Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
Cream butter, add sugar gradually; beat together until mixture is light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in alternately, until just smooth, flour mixture and milk. Add 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind.
Grease a 12 inch baking pan and line with waxed paper. Turn batter into the prepared pan, put in a silver or gold coin and bake in a moderate oven for about 40 minutes. When cold, sprinkle over powdered sugar. 

The person who gets the coin in his/her piece is said to be lucky for the whole new year.