Vasilopita (Greek New 12 months’s Bread) #BreadBakers

Effectively, it is a week and alter previous New 12 months’s however since our BreadBaker’s theme for January is Mediterranean bread, I nonetheless wished to bake this bread.  Greece is a Mediterranean nation with very distinctive and recognizable flavors certainly.  This enriched loaf is a New 12 months’s or St. Basil’s day custom and could be discovered each as a cake and a yeast bread.  It’s a candy and moist loaf, frivolously scented with orange, and historically served proper after midnight.  Additionally included is a practice is the hiding of a coin within the backside of the loaf, and whoever will get the slice with the coin is granted good luck all year long.  Jogs my memory of the King cake custom.  Since I’ve mastiha readily available from making Tsoureki, I in all probability defied custom somewhat by including just a few tears to my Vasilopita.  The 2 breads are literally fairly related besides that the tsoureki additionally has mahleb and mastic.  Since I missed the standard New 12 months’s slicing, maybe leaning somewhat towards the Easter taste profile was applicable in spite of everything.

Vasilopita (Greek New 12 months’s Bread)
makes one 9″ spherical loaf

2¼ tsp lively dry yeast
1 cup milk warmed, divided
6 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar
3½ to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus extra for pan
scant ¾ tsp sea salt
2 egg, overwhelmed
zest of 1 medium orange

sesame seeds or sliced almonds
further egg + 1 tsp water for egg wash

For the dough

Activate the yeast in ½ cup of warmed milk with one tsp sugar.  Let bloom and rise for 10 minutes till foamy.  This is a crucial step for a candy dough, to substantiate the exercise of the yeast.

In the meantime, within the bowl of a stand mixer stir collectively 3½ cups of flour, the salt, and the 6 tbsp sugar in a big mixing bowl. When the yeast has grow to be foamy and puffy, add to the flour combination together with the olive oil, 2 overwhelmed eggs, the remainder of the milk, and the orange zest.

Knead on low till the dough comes collectively, then improve pace and proceed to knead till the dough varieties a clean and considerably cheesy ball, about 10 minutes.  Add as much as ½ cup extra flour if wanted if the dough is kind of sticky.

Cowl the dough and permit to rise in a heat place for 1-2 hours, or till doubled in dimension.

Deflate the dough and knead for a couple of minutes.  Kind right into a ball, flatten barely, and place in a well-oiled 9-inch round pan.   Cowl and permit to rise till doubled in dimension for about one hour in a heat place.

Utilizing a really sharp knife, lame, or clear razor blade, carve ornamental patterns into the highest of every loaf; strains, leaves and crosses are all frequent.

Utilizing a pastry brush, brush the highest of every loaf with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  (Sliced almonds are additionally typically used right here.)

Bake in a preheated oven at 375ºF for 10 minutes, then flip the temperature all the way down to 350ºF and bake for one more half-hour or till the highest of the loaf turns a deep chestnut brown.

Permit to chill for a minimum of 10 minutes earlier than eradicating from the pan.  Cool utterly on a wire rack after eradicating the loaf.  At this level, you’ll be able to insert a clear coin into the underside of the loaf utilizing a toothpick or skinny knife to push it in.

Spin the loaf so nobody is aware of the place the coin is hiding.  Lower into wedges and serve.  (Be conscious of younger youngsters if following the coin custom.)

You’ll want to try the remainder of our Mediterranean breads:

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