This is coming a bit late but “Happy 2012!” Above is a Vasilopita cake I made for New Year’s eve. It is a traditional greek cake served to celebrate the new year. The cake is baked with a coin in the batter. The coin is meant to bring good luck to the person who finds it in their slice of cake. I had lots of fun eating this cake at 1am on January 1, 2012 with a group of good friends.
I added some coconut to the batter and sprinkled on top of the cake to add some crunch. The cake. The cake turned out quite dense and heavy, but I love the tradition behind it. It definitely needed the chocolate writing on top…at least for my sweet tooth, everything is better with chocolate!
To continue with some Greek holiday traditions I tried making Melomakarona cookies to snack on over the holidays.
One important lesson that I learned from this baking experiment is that these cookies do not rise. I ended up with twice the amount of cookies because I assumed rolled the cookies on the smaller side assuming they would expand in the oven.
After baking these cookies take a honey syrup bath to make them moist and sweet. The recipe called for soaking the cookies for 3 minutes. I found after 3 minutes they had only moistened around the surface so I let the cookies soak in a shallow syrup bath for a couple hours while I went out for dinner, it did the trick.
Lastly for a bit of fun we baked and decorated some Ninjabread men with a classic gingerbread recipe.
I think next time I will try to add little shells on their backs to make Ninja turtle bread men.