Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Christ is born! Wishing you a blessed 2015! We went to bed early last night, but had brunch this morning with this yummy vasilopita recipe. Maybe next year we'll go back to a full size cake!

Our 2015 is a little lopsided, but surely that won't reflect the year ahead, eh?


We still haven't found the coin! This year the girls are old enough to understand and want to win the coin, so we've claimed the rest of the slices and will try again after dinner. :)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup warm milk
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons blanched slivered almonds
1 tablespoon white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a 8 inch round cake pan (I used a pie pan). Cream the butter and sugar together, then stir in the flour and mix until mealy. Add the eggs, baking powder and milk, mixing well. Then combine the lemon juice and baking soda, stir into the batter. Pour into the prepared cake pan.

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and gently drop the coin in to the half-baked cake. Arrange the nuts and sugar over the cake (I write the year with the almonds then liberally sprinkle sugar all over), then return it to the oven for 20 additional minutes, until cake springs back to the touch. Some add the coin after baking and cover the hole with sugar. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes and serve warm.

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