There are some German New Year’s Eve customs which are also tradition in my family: Watching „Dinner for One„, „Ein Herz und eine Seele: Silvesterpunch“ and plays of the „Ohnsorg Theater„, eating Berliner and homemade potatoe salad. This years New Near’s Eve was no exeption, slightly different though! This year Polyvios added one of of his Greek traditions: A Βασιλόπιτα, the New Year’s Cake.
This cake is cut after midnight, on the first of January. The first three slices are dedicated to Jesus, to the poor and to the house one lives in. Then the other slices are cut for the persons present. Everyone hopes to get the little coin which was put in the dough before putting it in the oven. It is said that it will give good luck to the one who gets it.
This is our Βασιλόπιτα. Polyvios was a little dissatisfied, because the crust cracked during baking. He said in Greece this cake couldn’t be sold anymore but I didn’t mind.
As is customary we cut the cake and looked who got the coin.
My Mum was the lucky one who received it. A year full of luck awaits her!
The cake is really very tasty and surely I am going to make it another time. I don’t want to wait a whole year.
For those of you who wants to try it for themselves here is the recipe:
- 1 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon butter, for greasing cake pan
- 2 cups white sugar, plus
- powdered sugar, for sprinkling
- 3 cups flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- juice of 0/5 orange
- 1/4 cup blanched slivered almond
- 4 tablespoons brandy
- grated peel of 1 lemon
- grated peel of 1 orange
- 1 coin
Preheat the oven to 200°C and mix the ingredients in a big bowl. After greasing and flouring the cake pan, pour the dough into it. Clean the coin, dry it, wrap it in aluminum foil and insert it into the dough. Bake it for 50 minutes. After removing it from the cake pan, apply powdered sugar on top.