St Basil’s Cake > Greek Vasilopitta (New Year’s Cake)

Posted On December 29, 2006

Filed under Hellenic Food

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Ingredients >
10 eggs
250 grams of butter or margarine
1500 grams Self Raising Flour
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
3 cups castor sugar
4 tablespoons brandy
4 oranges
1 coin wrapped in aluminium foil
1/2 cup sesame seeds

Method >
1. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites, beat the whites until stiff.
2. In a bowl cream the butter or margarine and sugar and egg yolks.
3. Fold whites into butter or margarine mixture.
4. Add the brandy, orange juice and rind.
5. Sift the flour and blend into mixture gradually until smooth, add the coin.
6. Pour mixture into well-greased round cake tin.
7. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the cake surface.
8. Bake in a moderate oven for approximately 1 hour.